Teachers will have to get English learner certification

Superintendent Carlos Garcia will propose Tuesday that every teacher in the district have credentials to teach English learners by January 20 or else they could be fired.

While the deadline is approaching, the district for years has asked teachers to get the credentials, suggesting that most classes in the district have at least one English learner student.

Under state law, any teacher who has an English-learning student in the classroom has to have proper certification.

However, some teachers have said they have not been given adequate notice to meet the deadline and do not agree with the sanctions they will face if the Board of Education votes to adopt the policy.

District officials have said they will consider firing teachers who do not meet the requirements. There are about 100 who would be affected by the policy.

Five board committees have already seen the policy and recommended the board adopt it.

Garcia will make his proposal Tuesday at the 6 p.m. Board of Education meeting at 555 Franklin St.

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