Every day brings more problems for the New London, Connecticut board of education and their now-on-hold decision to hire Terrence P. Carter as their school superintendent. Carter came from Chicago where he worked on managing turnaround schools for the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL), claiming a PH.D. – which he now admits he did not earn.
– From The Day
Carter’s certification for New London superintendent’s job in question.
New London — As questions continue to mount about Terrence P. Carter’s academic record and previous financial issues, the Board of Education may have another line of inquiry when it meets Thursday: whether its unanimous choice to be the city’s next superintendent is certified to hold the position.
The superintendent’s job description, which the Board of Education adopted as an official policy in 2005, requires that the city’s superintendent hold a valid superintendent certificate in Connecticut. The state requires the same qualification.
According to state records, Carter is not currently certified as a superintendent in Connecticut.
He does, however, hold a provisional educator certificate and an endorsement for “intermediate administration and supervision” in Connecticut, records show. The certificate, which is valid for eight years, was issued June 13, the day after the Board of Education announced Carter as its unanimous choice for the city’s superintendent of schools.
To be granted a provisional certificate, which is the second in the state’s three-tier certification system, the applicant must complete “30 months of successful appropriate experience within ten years” in a public or approved nonpublic school, according to the state Department of Education website.
But becoming a certified superintendent in Connecticut requires a master’s degree, completion of 30 semester hours of graduate credit beyond the master’s degree, “a minimum of 80 school months of successful teaching or service,” a minimum of 30 school months as a full-time administrator and a recommendation from an institution where the applicant completed a superintendent preparation program, according to state Department of Education regulations.
The same regulations define “successful teaching or service” as “full-time professional educational experience” as a teacher, administrator or serving in certain staff positions.
It was not clear Tuesday whether Carter has applied for a superintendent certificate in Connecticut.
By email Tuesday, Carter said he has “already been vetted by the board and the State of Connecticut” and referred all questions to the New London Board of Education.
Board President Margaret Mary Curtin could not be reached to comment Tuesday evening.
Last month, Carter told The Day that he taught a year each of third, fifth and seventh grades in Paterson, N.J., the state’s third-largest district, which consists of 54 schools and enrolls nearly 30,000 students.
A representative from Paterson Public Schools did not return calls Tuesday from The Day seeking to verify Carter’s employment.