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Closing the Teacher Gap

Most new teachers know it’s a lot easier to land that first job in an inner city or rural school with low-income and minority students, than it is in an affluent suburban district. But if the goal is to close the achievement gap, the schools that have the most difficulty attracting teachers, must find a way to attract the brightest and keep them, argues a panel put together by the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality. Typically, the newest teachers wind up in the most challenging schools with the least amount of support, and teacher turnover is often high, panelists say. Tune in to this discussion to hear from people who know the problem inside out--and have a lot of suggestions for improvement.

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