STUDENT TEACHING - TEACHER CERTIFICATION

In the course of the Homophiles of Penn State controversy in 1971, Acanfora acknowledged publicly that he was a homosexual. He was then completing a local student teaching assignment necessary to obtain his teaching degree from Penn State. That school system and Penn State immediately suspended his student teaching status upon learning of his homosexuality, whereupon Acanfora sought and obtained a court injunction granting his reinstatement. He successfully completed the student teaching assignment and graduated from Penn State in June 1972. As his senior year was coming to a close, however, a question was raised by the Penn State Dean of the College of Education as to whether gay teachers, and Acanfora in particular, as an acknowledged homosexual, could have the requisite "good moral character" for certification. This issue became the subject of local and State-wide controversy.

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  • THE MEDIA TELLS THE STORY

    Joe's student teaching and teacher certification battles in Pennsylvania as told through the media

  • THE PUBLIC REACTS

    Personal letters, letters-to-the-Editor, and newspaper Editorials in reaction to Joe's struggle to teach in Pennsylvania

THE MEDIA TELLS THE STORY

Joe's student teaching and teacher certification battles in Pennsylvania as told through the media

THE PUBLIC REACTS

Personal letters, letters-to-the-Editor, and newspaper Editorials in reaction to Joe's struggle to teach in Pennsylvania

 
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