Highly Qualified Teachers

by Jessica Cervantez

An initiative by President Bush is promising to put "highly" qualified teachers in every classroom by the end of the year. However, the interpretation of "highly" is causing controversy.

Local educators want every teacher to be highly qualified in his or her specific subject. The goal is to insure the best possible learning environment. This is all part of the "No Child Left Behind Act".

John Jacobson, the Stephen F. Austin State University Dean of Education, said, "We received some grants at SFA that will help us in training teachers who are transitioning. There are 17 area schools that we will be working with."

Under the law, by the end of this school year, teachers must have a bachelor's degree, a state license, or certificate in the subjects they teach.