Resistance Lingers to Texas Teacher Reforms

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News of the Texas State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) decision to pass a measure that would allow teachers with no education class work to teach high school provided they pass a certification test continued to be among the hottest topics of conversation at a recent Texas Classroom Teachers Association's convention in Houston. Texas Education Agency commissioner Shirley Neeley tried to pacify an anxious crowd suspicious of the so-called "instant teacher plan" by reminding them that this is not a Silver Bullet and "[i]t's not a mandate. It's an option." Linda Bauer, a member of the SBEC who voted against the measure, remained unconvinced reciting the familiar (and tiresome) refrain: "Teaching is a profession. It's not just babysitting a bunch of kids."