Bad Teachers Should Find New Jobs, Union Head Says

WASHINGTON (July 22, 2013)—Randi Weingarten, the head of the 1.5 million-member American Federation of Teachers, said Monday teachers who aren’t making the grade shouldn't be in classrooms and should find new professions.

Weingarten told a gathering of her union's rank-and-file members Monday that they should be more vigilant about their colleagues' abilities.

Weak educators who don't make improvements only hurt the profession, she said.

The warning came as state education chiefs have try to implement tougher standards for those in the classrooms and weed out teachers whose students aren't making progress.

The tough words drew applause from more than 2,000 union members meeting in Washington.

Weingarten says new teachers should be mentored and offered more training if their college coursework was inadequate.

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