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The Tannehill Board of Education shall employ teachers on a professional basis without regard to age, race, color, sex, or national origin.


Every teacher employed in this school system must possess a valid license or certificate and shall execute a written contract with the board of education. 


Applications shall be considered by the principal and the super­intendent.  Selected applicants shall be interviewed by the ad­ministration and a recommendation shall be made to the board of education who shall make the final employment determination.


School districts receiving Title I funds must ensure that teachers hired in a program supported by such funds are “highly qualified.”  By the end of the 2005-2006 school year, all teachers within this school district are required to be “highly qualified.”  The No Child Left Behind Act defines “highly qualified” as an elementary or secondary school teacher who has obtained full state certification and has not had certification requirements waived on an emergency, temporary, or provisional basis.


Elementary teachers who are new to the profession must hold at least a bachelor’s degree and have demonstrated, by passing a rigorous state test, subject knowledge and teaching skills in reading, writing, mathematics, and other areas of the basic elementary curriculum.  Middle and secondary school teachers, new to the profession, will be deemed to be highly qualified if the individual teacher holds at least a bachelor’s degree and has demonstrated a high level of com­petency in each of the academic subjects in which the individual teaches by passing a rigorous state academic subject test in each such academic subject; or has successfully completed a grade degree with coursework that is equivalent to an undergraduate major, or advanced certification or credentialing for each academic subject that the individual teaches.


Veteran regular teachers currently employed by the district will be identified as highly qualified if they:


   1.       Hold at least a bachelor’s degree; and


   2.       Have met the applicable standard for a teacher who is new to the profession, which includes an option for a test; or


   3.       Demonstrate competence in all the academic subjects in which the teachers teach, based upon a high objective uniform state standard of evaluation.


Special education teachers who are not teaching core academic classes are not required to meet the definition of a highly-qualified teacher.  However, special education teachers who are teaching core academic subjects exclusively to students who are being assessed against alternative achievement standards, must meet the highly-qualified requirements for elementary school teachers and for instruction above the elementary level and have subject-matter knowledge appropriate to the level of instruction being provided. 







Additional qualifications and terms of employment for teachers may be found in the standard teacher contract.  Specific duties may be found in the teacher job description found elsewhere in this manual.  Nothing in this policy manual shall be construed as limiting or expanding the terms of the employment contract.





REFERENCE:    70 O.S. §6-101.20, et seq.

                                P. L.  107-110, No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

                                Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004