Is Charter Schools USA Using Uncertified Teachers at Failing Tampa School?

Marlene Skokol reports in the Tampa Bay Tribune:

TAMPA — As if Woodmont Charter School did not have enough problems, a former teacher has lodged a discrimination complaint and says the F-rated school uses teachers who are not properly certified.

Tammy Gilmore, a community activist who now lives in Atlanta, has written to Hillsborough County Schools superintendent MaryEllen Elia and charter schools director Jenna Hodgens, saying the school in Temple Terrace is out of compliance with numerous state regulations.

“Most of the low-income parents of the school are unaware of their rights and fail to understand the school grade, as well as newcomers of the school that are from low-income families as well,” Gilmore wrote on March 20. “I can trust that you will follow up on my complaint and concerns.”

A former teacher and parent at Woodmont, Gilmore said she was fired this year after she took time off due to an illness. In addition to contacting the district, she said she filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging discrimination based on her race, gender, age and medical disability.

The district is looking into Gilmore’s allegations, Hodgens said. If instructors are teaching subjects without certifications, Hodgens said she will find out if they have the required “out of field” approvals.

I have a hard time believing that CSUSA would be using uncertified teachers, but it’s plausible that certified teachers are teaching out of field. To do so is within the letter of the law, but parents have to be notified. If they didn’t notify parents, it will put CSUSA in some hot water. There may be additional problems as the Woodmont school is a failing school.




About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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One Response to Is Charter Schools USA Using Uncertified Teachers at Failing Tampa School?

  1. I received the following e-mail from CUSA’s communication department. Hi Christopher,
    Thanks for the inquiry.
    Charter Schools USA’s parent is a Delaware Corp.
    I went to your blog and noticed that you are quoting an opinion piece as fact. You are far off on your facts. Charter Schools USA has actually contributed more than a million dollars into Woodmont Charter School this past year.

    I asked her to source it and never heard back. There is definitely something going on there,

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