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WildNovember Donating Member (726 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-11 03:25 PM
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For-profit teacher certification programs produce up to 40% of Texas teachers.
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Mr. Arrington, in the middle of his third month of teaching at the Advanced Technology Complex in the Denton Independent School District, has a background well suited to the subject. He was a police officer for six years he turned in his badge on Sept. 12 and began teaching the next day.

He is earning his teaching certificate through an online, for-profit alternative certification program, a nontraditional route to teaching that is becoming more common in Texas. Such programs, which can offer certification in three months to two years, are booming despite little more than anecdotal evidence of their success.

More than 110 alternative certification programs including iteachTexas, which Mr. Arrington is completing, and nonprofits like Teach for America produce 40 percent of all new teachers in Texas, according to an analysis of Texas Education Agency data by Ed Fuller, a Penn State University education professor and former University of Texas researcher.

For-profit programs dominate that market: in each year since 2007, the two largest companies, A+ Texas Teachers and iteachTexas, have produced far more teachers than any other traditional or alternative program.

I ran across this article while fact-checking something else. I am horrified.
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