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A new report from the The National Council on Teacher Quality finds that teacher policies do not help to improve teacher quality.
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A new report from the The National Council on Teacher Quality finds that teacher policies do not help to improve teacher quality.

By Kavitha Cardoza

The National Council on Teacher Quality has issued a scathing report on rules governing educators, including those in our area, saying they are often "broken, outdated and inflexible."

Sandi Jacobs, the project director, says the report finds teacher policies often work against the goal of improving teacher quality. Overall D.C. gets a D minus, Maryland a D and Virginia a D plus.

D.C.'s grade refers to policies set by the Office of the State Superintendent, which governs traditional and charter public schools. Jacobs says there should be a separate policy for removing a teacher for ineffectiveness. Right now that's clubbed together with criminal violations. And she says the process for termination should be simpler.

"Certainly teachers are entitled to an appeal but it's these multiple appeals that make the process very expensive and drawn out," says Jacobs.

D.C. is praised for it's middle school teacher preparation, Maryland and Virginia for supporting different pay levels depending on schools needs.

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