how about a 'no teacher left behind' act to help us comply with bush's 'no child left behind'?
if you don't know much about no child left behind (aka NCLB), it basically is a mandate that all teachers must be credentialed by 2006, and all schools must be performing at a certain level. if the school is not performing at a certain level, students have the option to change districts to a school that is performing well (all costs paid for by the district they are transferring from). you can only begin to imagine the chaos that would ensue if this comes to pass. of course, there is no additional money being offered to help schools, teachers, or students to assist them in this endeavor.
so, part of my situation, being in Teach For America, is that I am an uncredentialed "intern" and have to be working towards my credential, in my particular case, at a particular state school. now, with budgets being cut and all, the school is not able to offer enough courses for all the teachers that need to be credentialed. so you're pretty screwed, is the message i've received after spending ALL GODDAMN DAY on the phone with the people from the college. you might wonder 'how can they do this?' and i have to tell you, i stare at the sky with the same wonderment. how can they tell you to do something and then not offer the something you have to do? i don't seem to have any options at this point, except (and i quote from the head of the department) "to go and beg and plead".
great. isn't life good? aren't you glad they make it so difficult to do a job that, last time i checked, nobody really wants to do? oh, and throw in that high-paying salary, and i'm sure you'll all become teachers.