This letter is in response to the article "Finding Teachers" in the I.V. Press on July 12. I am a high school teacher trying to fulfill all of the state requirements to be fully credentialed. While reading this article, I wondered why the journalist did not include the opinions of those who are teaching with emergency, pre-intern or intern credentials and are trying to comply with state regulations and receive their full credential.
Here is my opinion:
The state of California needs qualified teachers who care about education and who want our children to succeed. We consistently read about the teacher shortage crisis in journals and newspapers. The need for quality in teachers is undeniable.
The state, however, continuously creates more obstacles and deters qualified candidates from working in education. Quality teachers often leave education because of the excessive demands put forward by the state in order for a teacher to receive a credential. The percentage of teachers who leave the classroom within the first two years is substantial, often due to frustrations in the credentialing process.