Substitutes vary in quality, training

11/24/2003 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

While some substitutes with strong qualifications are capable of carrying out teachers' lesson plans, others simply act as baby-sitters. Katherine Merseth, senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, says Massachusetts schools should toughen minimum requirements and rely on rigorous training programs to create a semi-professional cadre of substitute teachers.

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