Protecting New York City and State Teaching Candidates

Protecting New York City and State Teaching Candidates

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The Brooklyn Education Center has worked to help over 30,000 teachers pass their NYSTCE exams over the last ten years.  In that time, we have watched teaching candidates, who are often also working teachers,  struggle with the exorbitant fees and requirements needed to become State Certified.

Due to the recent world-wide pandemic, many of the testing centers have been closed.  The closing of Pearson testing sites will ultimately create a backlog in processing applications.  This type of issue, not only impacts teaching candidates, but also New York State and City workers who are helping teachers finalize their credentials.  Beyond this, it also is affecting the infrastructure of our beautiful city because so many students are now being kept home from school and being taught remotely.

Teachers have always been such a valuable resource to our city and our ability to thrive after such daunting, historical changes.  We all saw this first hand after 9-11.

It is important to give teachers the respect they deserve, by honoring their expertise, education, training and hard work.  As a city, it is our responsibility to measuredly consider our teachers' social contribution and their dedication to students and families.   These valuable members of our society are our essential front line workers who need to be given the ability to get back into the classroom as soon as possible.   Our city relies on their work and dedication and we, as a community, know this.

Teachers, also, should be paid a professional salary for professional work and entitled to receive the benefits and health insurance that are essential to their jobs.

This petition is asking Mayor deBlasio and Goverornor Cuomo to exempt New York City and also State teachers from the NYSTCE test requirements for the next two years until proper test taking protocols can be put in place, that not only protect our teachers, but also other essential workers.    Internship, Transitional B and Initial Certificates should be honored for two years without requiring teachers to go to Pearson test sites to take their tests.

Now, more than ever,  it is time to stop with these bureaucratic money mills that are not designed to create better teachers, but to generate money for a system that merely burdens teachers with standardized requirements.  These requirements are not focused on creating better classrooms but, rather, on generating money for a company that has monopolized our assessment systems.

As  New Yorkers, we need to focus on helping preserve our social infrastructures as well as our financial ones.   Our teachers are the ones who help us all do our best in our ambitions, while making sure our children are being supported in development and education.   Please give teachers the respect that they deserve.

Stay home; stay safe; stay informed.

 

Bridgette Gubernatis
Academic Director
Brooklyn Education Center

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