Discussion: Alabama Teacher Of The Year Resigns After State Calls Her Unqualified

instead of paying more fees, taking more tests and proving once again that I am qualified to teach, I am resigning," Corgill wrote.
That’s what it’s all about. No doubt that some politically connected testing company makes a fortune requiring teachers to take annual tests that are totally un -necessary. Its always about the money. Don’t know why she would want to teach in Alabama.


A population of slave labor is important to attract certain types of businesses.


Well, the good ones are leaving, I guess.


Think of all the unemployed policy writers and training class administrators! Why do you want to trash a thriving industry? ha ha ha

It’s the south.

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I see it now; the earth is 5,000 years old, man walked with the dinosaurs, give to the church and you will be a rich man, Democrats are the Antichrist, when the GOP is in power.

When the Dems are in power???

As a teacher myself - 30 years in the classroom - I see this sort of headline and I laugh to keep from crying. There are people in my district office and my state education department whose job it is to enforce credential requirements regardless of classroom competence. It’s what they do - 40 hours a week - week in and week out - decade after decade. Some of them are even instructors in for profit colleges that offer the additional education courses that this teacher will need to “update” her credential. I love what I do, I love being in school and working with my students - but stories like this make me look forward to retirement.


n unfortunately they lost a good one.

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If you read the article, however, she had state based certifications that allowed for her to teach 5th graders. This was simply another certification that she likely had to pay for out of her own pocket which would have been duplicative. My continuing education is reimbursed by my company, but many teachers don’t have that luxury. She’s probably just over it.


This case seems to be a bit different. She has a state certification for grades K-3, and a National Board Certification for ages 7-12. Assuming that most start kindergarten at age 5, this covers her for all but the most extreme cases. She also started the year in 2nd grade, and the administration moved her to 5th grade.

Where I live in NC, there are many teachers leaving the profession because it’s just not worth the hassle, or they simply can’t afford to keep teaching, or a combination of both. I can’t imagine it’s much better in AL. Why bother working at a job where you’re consistently undervalued?

I see this as a “last straw” situation. They’ve pushed her over the edge and she’s tired of the hassle.

It’s unfortunate, though not surprising, that the the kids get the short end of the stick as a result of the stupidity of the adults who should know better.


gib us a brake, budy, we aur wurkin on it

I guess I’m just saying unlike Kim Davis, she didn’t want to jump through the hoops and she did the right thing and left. Not saying the hoops were good or made the jumpers better, but hopefully if they don’t, this might make someone take notice and try to straighten things out.

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there are a few of differences here: first, your mandated training/recertification is mandated by your professional organization–your colleagues, in other words. Not your clients.
Second, she didn’t suddenly go into teaching fifth graders–she was assigned to the job. In a world that made a little more sense, the bureaucratic fight would be between the board and the administrator who ordered the transfer–but it’s the teacher herself who has to fix it.
Third, she has a certification to teach kids in the relevant age group–just not the RIGHT kind of certification. This is nonsensical–and typical.


Bull Shit… another “voucher” idiot… take scant resources and put into for profit schools, I don’t have stats but I’m willing to bet that 9 of 10 pay the administrations very well and screw the kids as well as the classroom teachers. Even after they take the cream by picking and choosing, kicking out the poorer (grade wise, not income) so that stats are good they still fail.

I for one got tired of my kids getting short straws and ran for the local school board, won and saw for myself as an insider just what the administrations dealt with. As a former teacher I also know what teachers dealt with. In both cases it was usually dealing with some politicians idea of teaching and usually required testing of some means to prove the idea worked. Most don’t. Can tell you as a student, I could never pass an exam and as someone with 3 PHD degrees, I still can’t spell or form a grammatically correct sentence. My IQ of 156 means nothing, I actually I did not pass Mensa testing.

Certification based on testing alone is worthless.


Charlie’s being snarky…


Maybe… look at past posts and you’d question the snark line…

I couldn’t “like” enough posts here.

Having literally taught every grade from daycare through college, the problems I always had were with the administration. Who was it that said “there’s nothing like the love of a functionary for their function”?

When I taught Title 1 and ESL at the grade school level, I considered getting a proper license. Every veteran teacher very earnestly tried to talk me out of it and said they’d do it all over again if they knew the increasing bureaucracy they’d face. And the new teachers weren’t much happier.

The problem is the bureaucracy is easy to build and increase because of one political battlecry:

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True, coz Charter’s don’t have Bureaucrats, they have Entrepreneurs!!

Aka Grifters.


If only the teachers could get together in a group, and negotiate as a group about issues like this. What would you call something like that? Right to work? No.



“the department reported that her current teaching certificate covers
primary grades through Grade 3. This does not carry with it a
requirement for resignation.”

I am curious. Which teaching certificates DO carry with it a requirement for resignation?

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