Parents of students attending a school
receiving Title I funds in Prince George’s County Public Schools, have a
right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers who
instruct their children. If requested by parents, the Federal “No Child Left Behind Act of 2001,” requires us to provide
certain information about classroom teachers in a timely manner.
Specifically, parents have the right to
ask for the following information about their child’s classroom
- Whether the teacher has met
Maryland's qualification and licensing criteria for the grade level(s) and subject matter
he or she teaches.
- Whether Maryland has decided that
the teacher can teach in a classroom without being licensed or qualified under
state regulations because of special circumstances.
- The teacher's college major;
whether the teacher has any advanced degrees and, if so, the subject of the degrees.
- Whether any paraprofessional
educators provide services to your child and, if they do, their qualifications.
High-Quality Teachers: No Child Left Behind provides funding to help
teachers improve their instructional skills through training and other professional development. The law also requires states to develop plans
to make sure that all teachers of core academic subjects are highly qualified. It defines a "highly qualified" teacher as one with a
bachelor's degree, full state certification, and demonstrated competence
for each subject taught. Finally, if your child is in a Title I school, NCLB
requires the district to let you know of your "right to know"—and how to
get—information on the qualifications of your child's teachers.