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Teacher Quality Inequitable in Philadelphia’s Schools

This article reports on a series of teacher quality reports published by Research for Action. According to a new analysis of data on Philadelphia teachers, schools that have a student population with 10 percent or more White students are more likely to have certified and experienced teachers and low teacher turnover than schools whose student bodies have fewer White students. Even small differences in the racial makeup of student bodies appear to be associatied with significant variations in the qualifications and turnover rates of schools’ teaching staffs.