From The Washington Post:
Jon Runnalls won Montana’s “Teacher of the Year” award last year. But even though he has been teaching science to middle schoolers for nearly three decades, he fails to meet the Bush administration’s definition of a highly qualified teacher.
His problem — a common one among middle school teachers, particularly in rural areas — is that he teaches classes in several different subjects. While he has a strong background in general science, he does not have formal qualifications in chemistry, biology and physics, as required by the No Child Left Behind legislation.