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Education Trust: Minority students' teachers are less qualified
[Note by Doug Mann: Other studies have shown that about two-thirds of classroon teachers with less than 3 years of experience work in schools where Black and Latino students are over-represented. About 40% of new teachers leave the teaching profession within 3 years, and only about 50% of newly minted teachers complete their 5th year. See "Why Teaching Staff Stability Matters"]

Minority students' teachers are worst

[Version condensed by Doug Mann below]

Associated Press CHICAGO - School districts like Chicago, with high percentages of low-income and minority students, are more likely to have teachers who are unqualified, inexperienced, and less talented academically, a study says...

The findings in the study released Thursday show a direct connection between poor teacher quality and low student achievement...

The study analyzed teachers in Illinois, Ohio and Wisconsin, and came less than a month before states have to deliver plans to the Department of Education proving that qualified, experienced teachers are distributed fairly under NCLB.

 "For a very long time, we've allowed the public to believe that poor and minority children are performing below other children simply because they enter school behind," said Kati Haycock, director of The Education Trust. "As the data in this report make clear, however, much of the achievement gap is not about the kids and their families after all."

In Chicago, the report said, one out of eight teachers at schools with the highest student poverty rates failed the test of basic skills at least once -- twice the failure rate of teachers at richer schools.

The Illinois Education Research Council at Southern Illinois University created a "teacher-quality index" based on educators' scores on college-admission tests, their colleges' selectivity and percentage of a school's faculty that failed the state's certification exam on the first try.

In Illinois, 84 percent of schools that had the highest rates of student poverty ranked in the bottom quarter of the teacher-quality index list, and 61 percent of the schools with the highest concentrations of minority students had teachers in the index's bottom 10 percent....

Doug Mann for School Board in 2008