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If you were intrigued by my recent article on the teacher hiring process at High Tech High, take a look at this article from Education Week about how charter school staffing differs from staffing in traditional public schools.

The article cites a study that shows that charter school teachers are less likely to be certified and less likely to have master’s degrees than their counterparts in traditional public schools. Charter school teachers, however, were more likely to have undergraduate degrees from top colleges.

But research is raising new questions, the story states, about whether those qualifications matter:

What that research has shown so far is that some seemingly important teacher qualifications, such as having a master’s degree, can actually have little, or even a slightly negative, impact on student achievement.

EMILY ALPERT

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