Hundreds of Unlicensed Teachers in DCPS System: Report

The District's public schools received an A-plus grade from the city for the month of October. (Courtesy of DCPS)
Courtesy of DCPS

A yearlong investigation by a D.C. news station reveals that about 1,000 teachers in the District of Columbia Public Schools system are not licensed — a discovery which could result in a loss of grant money from the U.S. Department of Education.

According to a WRC-TV (Channel 4) report that aired Thursday, an analysis of databases obtained under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from DCPS and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) show approximately one of every four DCPS teachers worked without licensure during the 2017-18 academic year.

“OSSE is working with DCPS on a corrective action plan to help DCPS fully comply with local teacher licensing regulations and ensure that current and future DCPS educators obtain and maintain the proper credentials,” an OSSE spokesman told WRC. “Once the corrective action plan is complete, OSSE will monitor their progress against the plan to determine what other actions might be necessary.”

Among the unlicensed educators are new and veteran teachers, including at least four members of the Chancellor’s Teacher’s Cabinet, a group which meets monthly with the chancellor to advise top school officials on policies.

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