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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 3, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY

UUP to call for major action on botched SED teacher certification process; affected students to speak



On Thursday, March 5, United University Professions will hold a news conference calling for a major action regarding the State Education Department’s highly flawed teacher certification process.

It will be held at 11 a.m. in the LCA Press Room in the Legislative Office Building in Albany.

UUP President Frederick E. Kowal, Ph.D. will be joined by two SUNY teacher education students—one of whom has racked up thousands in student debt to earn a degree. They will detail their anxiety and the difficulties they face with the new exams.

SED’s certification testing mandate was rushed into place without teacher educators’ input, and students had little time to prepare. SED has failed to respond to educators’ concerns about flawed exam content and problems at testing sites. Now, the governor’s Executive Budget proposal ties the closure of teacher preparation programs at public and private colleges to invalid test scores from the flawed SED-imposed exams.

Two faculty members—Julie Gorlewski of SUNY New Paltz and Alexandra Miletta of Mercy College in Westchester County—will explain the many problems they and their students encounter with the new certification requirements.

New York State Board of Regents member Kathleen Cashin, NYSUT Vice President Catalina Fortino, and Tom Pinto, a parent of a 2014 teacher education student, will also speak.

Click here for UUP's "Governor's Assault on Teacher Prep Programs" fact sheet.

UUP is the nation's largest higher education union, with more than 42,000 academic and professional faculty and retirees. UUP members work at 29 New York state-operated campuses, including SUNY’s public teaching hospitals and health science centers in Brooklyn, Long Island and Syracuse. It is an affiliate of NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO.

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