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Re: post on art list artsednet digest: November 04, 1999

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Jerry Vilenski (jvilensk)
Fri, 05 Nov 1999 20:59:52 -0800

Most art teachers who possess a degree in art education in Michigan
possess a K-12 Certification. That means, according to my certificate,
that I am qualified and certified to teach K-12 art only, 6-8 all
subjects, and Art (and in my case, Journalism) at the high school
level. That's it! Strangely enough, as far as I know, elementary
certified classroom teachers can teach art (gag!) at the elementary
because there are no state requirements to have a degree in art at that
level, which explains why we have so many mediocre art programs floating
around, in my opinion. The law does not have a provision, however, that
allows art teachers to teach in academic classrooms, because they lack
proper certification in those academic areas. Your union reps are
giving you erroneous information, probably based on what administration
is telling them. There may be clauses in some contracts that allow
administrations to have you teach outside your certification for a short
period of time, usually tied to some kind of emergency, such as
financial or staff shortages. That is the only legal loophole I can
think of in Michigan. I have been an art teacher for 26 years in
Michigan, and I am currently the grievance chair for my union. It is my
responsibility to know my contract inside and out as well as enforce it
on other's behalfs. Your reps should too.

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