Meeting set to explain recertification of teachers

August 31, 1994|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Sun Staff Writer

Parents and teachers can learn about new regulations for the recertification of teachers from state officials at 7 p.m. today at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Uniontown.

The speakers will be A. Skipp Sanders, deputy state superintendent for administration, and Rochelle Clemson, assistant state superintendent for certification and accreditation.

The meeting came about when Rachelle Feldman-Hurwitz of Uniontown, a candidate for state Senate in the Democratic primary, asked the state officials to come to Carroll to explain the new regulations.

Ms. Feldman-Hurwitz said she had the idea in June, before her rival in the primary, Cynthia Cummings, declared her candidacy. Ms. Cummings is president of the Carroll County Education Association, which is affiliated with the Maryland State Teachers Association.

Ms. Feldman-Hurwitz said teachers across the state have not been adequately informed about the new rules and union leaders have lobbied against them. "This is a tool to find the best teachers for our children, to keep the best teachers in education," said Ms. Feldman-Hurwitz, who supports the new regulations. "This is not a weapon to start going on a search-and-destroy mission."

She said the changes could save the thousands of dollars schools must spend on litigation if they try to fire an unsatisfactory teacher and the teacher contests the firing.

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