Comstock's magazine 0219 - February 2019 - Page 32

n DISCOURSE may need, all work together, have the same type of training, know what the other one is doing, so I’m not talking apples with one set of teachers and oranges with anoth- er set of teachers. We’re all talking the same language. Are you doing anything to address teacher shortages? Given the schools we have here and the reputation our schools have, we are able to draw candidates, but we are still see- ing a shortage of qualified individuals in all areas. One of the things we’ve done in the last couple years, which is really exciting, is we have been approved by the California Teaching Commission to offer creden- tials locally. So now we run credential programs for administration, teacher in- duction and special education. We have seen a tremendous benefit in the quality 32 | February 201 9 of the individuals that we are able to hire from those programs. The universities were just not able to provide us the num- bers of individuals who are ready to go into a position. They just couldn’t meet the demand, so we took it upon ourselves and it is growing in popularity. Charter school enrollment in Placer County has increased 27 percent in the last five years. How has this increase impacted education across the board in your county? At this point, we have 22 charter schools in Placer County, and they’re a variety of charter schools. We have independent charter schools, which interact with a credentialed teacher any where from once a week for an hour to once every 21 days for an hour. With that type of charter school it is pretty clear that there’s a pos- itive correlation to the amount of teacher time to achievement. The children who see their teacher only once every 21 days or every two weeks or maybe only one hour a week do not perform to the level of students who see a teacher three times a week. We also have a handful of charter schools that are classroom-based; they are very traditional with children sitting there in classrooms 180 days a year. Those charter schools typically outperform the other charter schools. We have some very high-quality charter schools in this coun- ty and then we have some charter schools that I have concerns about, and we keep tabs on them. The way that charter schools in Cali- fornia have been structured, is they have created this wide berth for innovation and research, but at the end of the day, if you don’t score as well as your neighborhood peers, we shut you down. Doing that is hard, it’s very emotional, you have par- ents who show up to public hearings, you