Teacher Quality Low

Not a single state will have a highly qualified teacher in every core class this school year as promised by President Bush's education law. Nine states, including North Carolina, also face penalties. The Education Department yesterday ordered every state to explain how it will have 100 percent of its core teachers qualified in the 2006-2007 school year. In the meantime, North Carolina and other states face the loss of federal aid because they didn't make enough effort to comply on time. Department officials would not say how much aid could be withheld from states to force compliance, but a federal education official says that in some cases, it could be large amounts of money. The No Child Left Behind law says teachers must have a bachelor's degree, a state license and proven competency in every subject they teach by this year.