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Clayton teachers 100-percent ‘highly qualified’

JONESBORO — Clayton County Public Schools recently achieved a milestone that has eluded other metropolitan districts across the state: When school opens Aug. 13, Clayton County will have a 100-percent “highly qualified” staff.

“Highly qualified” is professional jargon for teachers that are fully certified, hold at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution, and exhibit competence in the subjects they teach.

According to a Clayton County official, most Georgia school systems hover around 93 to 97 percent “highly qualified” staff.

“This means that our district has ensured that those individuals who are in front of our students have demonstrated that they have a content mastery of their assigned subject. This is important on a fundamental level because it reflects our commitment to quality instruction,” said Damaris Garrett, director of human resources for Clayton County Public Schools.

While the move to reach this goal began in 2002, Clayton County began to aggressively recruit “highly qualified” teachers five years ago. Teachers already in the system were moved so they would no longer be teaching outside of their expertise, or they were encouraged to explore educational opportunities that would bring their qualifications up to the higher standard.

“When I arrived here, one of the biggest concerns parents had was teachers teaching classes in areas outside their certification,” said Superintendent Edmond Heatley. “I charged our human resources department with the task of eliminating this concern and they have done it.”

“This is a major accomplishment for our school system,” said chief human resources officer Douglas Hendrix. “It reflects the hard work of our Human Resources Department, our administrators and our teachers. This would have never been possible without their dedication.”

Clayton County Public Schools currently employees nearly 3,700 teachers.

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DE 1 year, 8 months ago

Well if this is the case, can the students and taxpayers of the county be expecting higher test results and graduation rate this year?

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OscarKnight 1 year, 8 months ago

....Riddle Me with this :

....Is this a promotion attract more residents, businesses, and potential growth to the various side shows, in The Clayton County Circus ?,

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OscarKnight 1 year, 8 months ago

....Absolutely nothing will ever replace the shame and disgrace that brought The Clayton County School System to it's knees, when they lost their Accreditation. But that wasn't the end of the story :

In 2010; When Mike Glanton was running for State Senate, in District 44, His State House District 76 seat was replaced by Sandra G. Scott..

..Does anyone remember Sandra Scott ?

..Sandra Scott was one of four Clayton County school board members removed by Gov. Sonny Perdue in 2008.

..It is often said that "Clayton County is a gift that keeps on giving".......This is just one of these gifts !!

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MD 1 year, 8 months ago

Ok, I am having a hard time with this. If this is true, why are the grades so terrible?

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OscarKnight 1 year, 8 months ago

...The Minds of the Youth in Clayton County, are having their Minds Heist & Their Brains Washed, and Replaced with Lopsided Nonsense........Plain and Simple.

....Or Bullied from Recieving a Public Education !!!!

....."High School Graduation Rate in Clayton County"

QUOTE : "In Clayton County, the overall high school graduation rate is 51.48 percent under the new formula, down from 80.2 percent under the previous one. For the state, the overall rate –– the report showed –– is 67.4 percent, compared to the previous rate of 80.9 percent."

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OscarKnight 1 year, 8 months ago

....It will only get worse,, before it gets better.

...Clayton County has turn into nothing but a knock down drag out place to raise children.

...Teachers should be graded on their success of having complete control of the class room, and success of the students absorbs while in the class rooms.

...Not so; Many of Clayton County Youth has adopted the gang culture mentality, and these youth is pushing down the throats of other youths in this county.

....Teachers don't have a fighting chance against an entire culture movement.

......."It only takes one rotten apple ruin the entire barrel"

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OscarKnight 1 year, 8 months ago

....It will only get worse,, before it gets better.

...Clayton County has turn into nothing but a knock down drag out place to raise children.

...Teachers should be graded on their success of having complete control of the class room, and success of the students absorbs while in the class rooms.

...Not so; Many of Clayton County Youth has adopted the gang culture mentality, and these youth is pushing down the throats of other youths in this county.

....Teachers don't have a fighting chance against an entire culture movement.

......."It only takes one rotten apple ruin the entire barrel"

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OscarKnight 1 year, 8 months ago

......The innocence of our Youth is extremely threaten, in the Clayton County School System. This is perhaps the reasoning behind the popularly with the Home Schooling in this county.

...Riddle Me with this Quiz :

...What would Dr. King say about this, if he were alive today ?

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