Annual Notification to Parents of Opportunity to Request Teacher Qualification

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We are publishing this information as one way to fulfill our obligations under the “Parents’ Right to Know” requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Under these requirements, teachers in Title IA schools must meet general qualifications as well as the specific requirements of the subject they are teaching. This means we will be informing parents whenever a child is taught for four consecutive weeks by a teacher who does not meet the new federal definition of “Highly Qualified”.

 

Maine has some of the most qualified teachers in the country, and we are extremely proud of our teaching staff. We work hard to assure that every class has a teacher with the appropriate background, experience, and credentials for his or her current teaching assignment.

 

We believe that a caring, competent, and qualified teacher for every child is the most important ingredient in education reform, and we want to assure you that we consider all our teachers to be fully qualified for their positions. All of our teachers are currently entitled to teach under Maine’s strict certification requirements. All of our teachers have college degrees and many have advanced degrees. In addition, every teacher continues his or her own learning through professional development activities, and our teachers are evaluated each year to make sure that their teaching skills remain at the highest possible level.

 

Most teachers already meet the federal definition of "Highly Qualified". Those teachers who do not meet this federal standard will be able to do so by engaging in additional professional development or by passing a test. These teachers will have a deadline established to do so.

 

As a parent of students in Title I schools in MSAD/RSU #74, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classrooms teachers who instruct your child, and Federal law requires the school district to provide you this information in a timely manner if you request it. Specifically, you have the right to request the following information about each of your child's classroom teachers:

  • Whether the teacher meets the state qualifications and licensing criteria for the grades and subjects he or she teachers.
  • Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or provisional status because of special circumstances.
  • The teacher;s college major, whether the teacher has any advanced degrees, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree.
  • Whether paraprofessionals provide services to your child and, if so, their qualifications.

If you would like to receive any of this information, please contact Jean Butler at 635-2209 (Carrabec Community School), 696-3100 (Garret Schenck School), 643-2491 (Solon Elementary School).

 

Additional information on the NCLB Act, as well as on the qualifications of your child’s teacher, is available upon request. Please contact the Superintendent's Office at 635-2727, Ext. 1 if you have any questions or would like further information. Working with parents is an important aspect of our efforts to help students learn and we welcome your interest.