This week Ann Arbor Public Schools fired two teachers and one assistant principal because they failed to renew their certifications. The head of Ann Arbor's teachers union says the certification requirements are fair and reasonable.
Ann Arbor Education Association President Linda Carter says in her decades with the district she doesn't remember a teacher failing to renew certification.
Carter says the renewal process, particularly for new teachers, has become more challenging in Michigan with requirements around having a mentor and 15 days of professional development within the first three years teaching. She say the process is still fairly reasonable and leads to better teachers. "The more kinds of things that you get involved in, the more professional development that you're able to acquire, of course it's going to make you a better teacher in the classroom," Carter says.
Carter says the district notifies teachers when their certification is about to expire. She says the dismissed teachers were excellent at their jobs and hopes they meet certification requirements as quickly as possible.