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Now this is nifty.

ProPublica put together a searchable database that lets you compare the percentage of inexperienced teachers at different schools as well as how many Advanced Placement classes they offer.

The idea is to compare schools in wealthy and poor areas to see if they are offering kids the same opportunities. It’s based on new data from the U.S. Department of Education that is supposed to help it better enforce civil rights in schools and ensure all kids get access to a rigorous education. Education Week reports on some of the federal findings so far:

At schools where the majority of students are African-American, teachers are twice as likely to have one or two years of experience compared to schools within the same district that have majority-white student body. … Less than one-fourth of school districts reported that they ran pre-K programs for children from poor families … Students learning English make up 6 percent of the high school population but are 15 percent of students for whom algebra is the highest-level math course taken by the end of high school.

I’d love your help checking out this information to see how our local high schools are faring. Spot something interesting, worrisome or wonderful? Please let me know!

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Scott Kovacik
Scott Kovacik subscriber

Prop S was/is multifaceted in its scope, including technology upgrades. The original ballot measure language is easily searchable. Just wanted to clear that up. Otherwise, I enjoy and respect your posts.

sdnative1958
sdnative1958

Prop S was/is multifaceted in its scope, including technology upgrades. The original ballot measure language is easily searchable. Just wanted to clear that up. Otherwise, I enjoy and respect your posts.

dana deima
dana deima subscriber

d students with special needs continue to get the care and attention they need. It should not be wasted on pet projects and curriculum such as the 'Core' curriculum Bersin spent money on and then it goes to the wayside. It should not be used to tear down perfectly good fences only to be replaced by new ones that aren't any better than the old. So the issue of money needs to be looked at carefully. If teachers are the ones saying we need more money, I think that would be basically to keep salaries competitive. Beyond that, they should have input along with parents and community about how else money should be spent. It should not be a unilateral decision.

TheChristianslade
TheChristianslade

d students with special needs continue to get the care and attention they need. It should not be wasted on pet projects and curriculum such as the 'Core' curriculum Bersin spent money on and then it goes to the wayside. It should not be used to tear down perfectly good fences only to be replaced by new ones that aren't any better than the old. So the issue of money needs to be looked at carefully. If teachers are the ones saying we need more money, I think that would be basically to keep salaries competitive. Beyond that, they should have input along with parents and community about how else money should be spent. It should not be a unilateral decision.

Sydney Allen
Sydney Allen subscriber

Too bad you can't pick and choose where your taxes go huh, Jim Jones?

YoLaTengo
YoLaTengo

Too bad you can't pick and choose where your taxes go huh, Jim Jones?

mlaiuppa
mlaiuppa subscriber

Social Security is next.

mlaiuppa
mlaiuppa

Social Security is next.

Jim Jones
Jim Jones subscriber

It's time to stop ripping off the taxpayer on second rate education when second rate education should cost half of what it does today.

Jim Jones
Jim Jones

It's time to stop ripping off the taxpayer on second rate education when second rate education should cost half of what it does today.

mlaiuppa
mlaiuppa subscriber

I really don't think you know what a teachers union is or what it does. You seem so obsessed with money.

mlaiuppa
mlaiuppa

I really don't think you know what a teachers union is or what it does. You seem so obsessed with money.

mlaiuppa
mlaiuppa subscriber

If they mean those that are not "highly qualified" then they should say so. In following the data back I think the Pro Publica study is talking about teachers that do not have clear credentials, have emergency credentials, are unqualified or are teaching outside of their subject area. That is NOT the same as "inexperienced". Not everyone is going to follow the data back to find out exactly what they mean by "inexperienced". What they mean is they are not highly qualified under NCLB. If I were grading Pro Publica that is a weak point and they'd lose points on the rubric.

mlaiuppa
mlaiuppa

If they mean those that are not "highly qualified" then they should say so. In following the data back I think the Pro Publica study is talking about teachers that do not have clear credentials, have emergency credentials, are unqualified or are teaching outside of their subject area. That is NOT the same as "inexperienced". Not everyone is going to follow the data back to find out exactly what they mean by "inexperienced". What they mean is they are not highly qualified under NCLB. If I were grading Pro Publica that is a weak point and they'd lose points on the rubric.

mlaiuppa
mlaiuppa subscriber

Either you have equity or you don't. It is not equitable for one school to have a full time teacher librarian and another to have none at all.

mlaiuppa
mlaiuppa

Either you have equity or you don't. It is not equitable for one school to have a full time teacher librarian and another to have none at all.