Getting Top Teachers Into High-Poverty Schools
That's the goal of the Education Trust's recent report, Teaching Inequality.
|More classes in high-poverty, high-minority schools are taught by out-of-field teachers. SOURCES: Teaching Inequality, the Education Trust, June 2006; All Talk, No Action, Craig Jerald, 2002|
The researchers recommend a range of strategies to end the unfair distribution of teacher talent, including scaling back prerogatives that allow experienced teachers to pick their assignments, and identifying effective teachers and paying them more to teach in schools with shortages. And taking a cue from professional sports, start using a "draft strategy" that would allow high-poverty, struggling schools to have the first pick of teaching talent.