• Dear Parents and Guardians:

    Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the parents of students attending
    Title I schools have the right to request the professional qualifications of their children’s teachers.
    I can assure you that all teachers in the Anchorage School District meet strict state standards and
    are indeed qualified to teach, but you have the right also to ask for the following information
    about each of your child’s classroom teachers:

    • Whether the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development has issued an
      Alaska teacher’s certificate for the grade(s) and subject(s) he or she teaches.
    • Whether the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development has decided that
      your child’s teacher can teach without being certified under state regulations because of
      special circumstances.
    • Whether the teacher is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher.
    • Whether any classroom aides or other paraprofessionals provide services to your child
      and, if they do, their qualifications.

    If you would like specific information about your child’s teacher or paraprofessional, please
    contact me. For general information about ESEA, please contact Zareena Clendaniel,
    Compliance Coordinator, for the school district, at 742-7819.

    I know you want the very best for your child. All of the educators in the Anchorage School
    District join me in wanting to make sure every child succeeds in school. We look forward to
    working with you to make sure all students get the quality education they deserve and all schools
    are successful.

    Ron Brown
    Principal, Bettye Davis East High School