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Low-income students are more likely to be in classrooms with underqualified teachers

Original post made on Aug 8, 2022

A persistent teacher shortage has forced many California school districts to hire teachers who aren’t fully credentialed or are teaching out of their subject areas.

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Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 8, 2022 at 9:45 pm

Steven Nelson is a registered user.

It makes absolutely no sense for the two Large District teacher labor union leaders to say - fix it by giving every single teacher in low-income and wealthier schools THE SAME INCENTIVES!
The incentives are family involvement for the wealthier schools (within a district). This always makes teaching easier at Just Those Schools. More teacher hours are always needed - for poorer families (compared to wealthier families).

Two examples: Los Altos and Palo Alto both pay their starting elementary teachers less than MVWSD. But average teacher retention years is much higher in the other (wealthier) districts. [there are of course - administrative problems in MVWSD that hurt longer retention, i.e. 10-12 years]

MVWSD has great recruiting: it is running at almost 100% fully credentialed (full qualified in-subject) in recent years. Even its poorest schools - have this high metric.


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