Aspiring teachers paid a Memphis school official to find substitutes to take a teacher certification exam, prosecutors charge. Clarence Mumford, 58, is accused of charging $1,500 to $3,000 per test. The scam involved at least 50 teachers and would-be teachers required to pass the PRAXIS in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas from 1995 to 2010, according to the indictment.Really? The PRAXIS test is really easy. The English one has simple grammar and a writing test that a chipmunk couldn't pass but only because the chipmunk can't type. The math test has decimal place-value questions and fractions. Every one of those teachers should be immediately fired.
After taking the test and passing it, they can take their place in the new-hires whirlwind.
The Math PRAXIS 2 is pre-calculus. If you can't pass that, you shouldn't be teaching math ... and a case could be made for middle and elementary school, too. Teachers shouldn't be the stupidest ones in the school.