Originally created 04/11/98

Ga. teachers `guaranteed' 041198 - The Augusta Chronicle



Georgia's University System Board of Regents is to be applauded for approving a plan that should surely strengthen parents' confidence in teachers trained by the state's public colleges and universities.

Specifically, the Regents will guarantee that graduates of teacher institutions are competent to teach. If school districts find they aren't, Regents promise they will be retrained and brought up to snuff at no cost to the district or the teacher.

This was just one of 10 principles Regents approved as part of a half-year long examination of whether the University System is doing its part to send qualified teachers to the state's secondary schools.

The long term goal is to recruit the best and brightest students into teacher training programs and to ensure that the graduates are qualified to teach children of diverse backgrounds.

The guarantee, we think, is especially appropriate. It shows the Regents are serious -- putting their money where their mouth is.