Schools' Unlevel Playing Field
Renee Moore decries the persistent resource gaps between schools in poor and well-off areas:
My teachers and most of those with whom I have taught here in the Mississippi Delta have done amazing work under often disgraceful conditions. I wondered then and now, how much more they could have done if they had the resources and support of their better situated colleagues? Shouldn't ending this longstanding inequity be a top priority of education reform and ESEA reauthorization?
How can we seriously address determining which teachers are or are not effective when even the best teachers in poor schools are forced to work under conditions that limit both them and their students?
Students, she adds, are well aware of these limits and tend to take them to heart.