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Updated: 8/06/2013 11:51 pm
JACKSONVILLE Fla.-- They expect your kids to come prepared for their class, but according to a list of 66 teachers obtained by Action News, dozens of so-called educators in Duval County weren't prepared to teach.

"There were a number of teachers that didn't fulfill their requirements of certification," said DCPS superintendent Nikolai Vitti.

Vitti says these 66 men and women had all of last school year to get certified, but they didn't, so the school board fired them at Tuesday night's meeting.

"Teachers are certified for a purpose to make sure they understand the content, they know how to deliver the content and they know how to properly interact with the kids to be most effective," said school board member Paula Wright. "It's important that we provide the most qualified teachers to all of our students."

According to DCPS, 26 teachers didn't pass general knowledge certification, 18 weren't certified for next school year and 31 failed to complete out of field certification.

So what's going to happen to the students who have these teachers? Dr. Vitti says many of their replacements have already been hired.

"We've recruited teachers over the summer and those classes will be led by new teachers next school year," he said.

Teachers will have a chance to get their jobs back if they complete their certification and if there's a job opening, but board members say those teachers already lost their chance.

"The teachers were clear and they clearly understood what they had to do to be certified," said Wright.

School starts August 19th.

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PPaine - 8/14/2013 11:03 PM
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Actually, wishmistress, I was really mad when I posted and teachers makes mistakes too.

wishmistress - 8/8/2013 12:59 AM
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I'm sorry PPaine, but hopefully English/Grammar aren't your subjects.

PPaine - 8/7/2013 5:51 PM
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Ooops, I have been certified teacher as of July 2012.

PPaine - 8/7/2013 5:51 PM
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Isn't it funny. I have been a certified teacher since July 2013. If passing all of the tests (3 test) tells you I know what I am supposed to be doing then why in the Hell doesn't the school districts around here call me. I applied for jobs in St. Johns County and Clay County (and I have been watching Duval County for openings, which there hasn't been for Elementary Ed except for Resource teachers) and all I get is a Dear Applicant letter-no interview. So tell me if I am highly qualified as I have passed all of the required test the first time where are the job interviews. I also graduated with Honors for what????

FullMoon83 - 8/7/2013 1:43 PM
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I am curious about the teachers required to attain out-of-field certification. I am a third year substitute teacher on the job hunt for full-time employment in the classroom, and as far as I was aware, teachers can only be hired for whatever grades they are certified to teach. How were all these teachers even hired without certification for the subject area they taught all of last year? Additionally, I'm wondering what Vitti specifically means when he says "new" teachers will be filling the spots of these freshly fired educators. Are new, meaning new to the profession teachers allowed to apply or have these spots already been filled with even more of the surplus list?

each1teach1 - 8/7/2013 1:32 PM
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How is this news? It happens every year?

DolphinLadyOP - 8/7/2013 7:48 AM
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Good, it is about time we started holding the teachers accountable to standards. Now it is time to hold the students and parents accountable as well and improve our failing school system.

RetiredJSO - 8/7/2013 7:07 AM
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Too bad the School Board and Superintendent are not required to be certified.

Truthseeker - 8/7/2013 4:35 AM
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The system has standards. 66 people didn't meet those standards. They were fired. Sounds like faultless logic to me.

nativejax - 8/7/2013 12:58 AM
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I agree.
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