New York's Education Department is about to be flooded with classroom videotapes from thousands of teachers who must submit them to get their permanent certification.

The videotaping requirement was established in 1993, but teachers were given five years to be certified permanently, so this spring is the first real deadline for the tapes.

The requirement--which is the only one of its kind in the nation--has the support of New York State United Teachers, the state's largest teacher union. But it hasn't won favor with a lot of local teachers, some


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