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.