Legal aspects of certification requirements for private elementary and secondary school teachers

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Donald Junior Ford (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Joseph E. Bryson

Abstract: The purpose of this research was to determine the legal basis and statutory requirements for certification of private elementary and secondary school teachers. An analysis of state statutes was done based on examination of appropriate code sections of the fifty states, responses to letters sent to all chief state school officers, and follow-up telephone interviews with department of education officials in seventeen states. The legal basis for certification of private school teachers was ascertained through an analysis of relevant state and federal court cases. The results of the study indicate that certification is required for all private school teachers in nine states and for all teachers in licensed, approved, or accredited private schools in thirteen states. Certification is not required for teachers in private elementary and secondary schools in twenty-eight states. In five of the nine states requiring certification, enforcement of the requirement is accomplished through compulsory attendance laws.

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Language: English
Date: 1992
Elementary school teachers $x Legal status, laws, etc.
High school teachers $x Legal status, laws, etc.
Teachers $x Legal status, laws, etc.
Teachers $x Certification
Private schools $x Law and legislation
Educational law and legislation

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