In a recent column New York Times’ columnist Nicholas Kristof describes the challenges facing the superintendent of schools in Washington, DC in addressing that school system’s weak performance.
Some of the most significant include providing all students with access to the best teachers, whose presence plays one of the most significant positive effects on student performance. Students in wealthy neighborhoods are far more likely to have access to such teachers than those in disadvantaged neighborhoods. In the process, she also needs to step up to poor performance in schools, a situation that reaches faces stiff opposition.
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