Sample Letter To Parents Template - Highly Qualified Teacher Information


For Title I Schools and Programs Only
(Parent Notice That They May Request Information)
Dear Parent/Guardian:
We at ______________________________school are sending you this information as
one way to fulfill our obligations under the "Parents' Right to Know" requirements of the federal
No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Under these requirements, teachers must meet general
qualifications as well as the specific requirements of the subject they are teaching. This means
we will be informing parents whenever a child is taught for four consecutive weeks by a teacher
who does not meet the new federal definition of "Highly Qualified".
Maine has some of the most qualified teachers in the country, and we are extremely
proud of our teaching staff. We work hard to assure that every class has a teacher with the
appropriate background, experience, and credentials for his or her current teaching assignment.
We believe that a caring, competent, and qualified teacher for every child is the most
important ingredient in education reform, and we want to assure you that we consider all our
teachers to be fully qualified for their positions. All of our teachers are currently entitled to teach
under Maine's strict certification requirements. All of our teachers have college degrees and
many have advanced degrees. In addition, every teacher continues his or her own learning
through professional development activities and our teachers are evaluated each year to make
sure that their teaching skills remain at the highest possible level.
Most teachers already meet the federal definition of "Highly Qualified". Those teachers
who do not meet this federal standard will be able to do so by engaging in additional professional
development or by passing a test. These teachers will have until the end of the 2005 – 2006
school year to do so.
Additional information on the NCLB Act, as well as on the qualifications of your child's
teacher is available on request. Please contact ___________________________________at
(phone #__________________) if you have questions or would like further information.
Working with parents is an important aspect of our efforts to help students learn and we welcome
your interest.


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