The Board of Regents agreed yesterday to give Georgia school
districts a first-of-its-kind warranty on new teachers produced
by the state's public colleges.
Poor-performing teachers would be sent back to college for
additional schooling at no cost to them or their districts.
The warranty is part of a 10-point statement of principles
designed to be a framework for the University System of
Georgia's 15 accredited public teacher-education programs.
Other principles include aggressive recruitment of top-caliber
students to become teachers, and an emphasis on ending
out-of-field teaching in Georgia.
"This is an incredible step that the Board of Regents has
taken, to ensure that quality and collaboration are the
hallmarks of teacher education in Georgia," said Jan Kettlewell,
assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs.
"The ultimate goal of this study -- and of developing the
principles and the action plans that will follow -- is that new
teachers should be able to bring about higher levels of student
learning in the classrooms because they will be better
Regents last fall began studying how to improve the
recruitment, training and retention of teachers.
Under the principles, the university system would readmit any
teacher within the first two years after graduation if a school
district is dissatisfied. The system would provide free
Some colleges around the country have provided similar
warranties, but no state has made such a statewide guarantee,
regents officials said.
Chancellor Stephen Portch said he expects the number of
teachers "taken back" by the system will be small.
Most "new" teachers in Georgia schools each year are entering
from other states or returning to the classroom after taking
Some regents have speculated administrators will be slow to
acknowledge a failing teacher. …