New Data Show School Staffing Shortages Disproportionately Hitting High-Poverty Districts During Pan

| The 74 | Asher Lehrer-Small

Regardless, the disparities in vacancy rates worry Tequilla Brownie, executive vice president of TNTP. She knows that when under-resourced schools have high shares of empty positions, it can translate into long-lasting instructional deficits for poor students. 

Research from her organization found that, in Arkansas, where teachers are in short supply statewide, students in high-poverty districts were more likely to be taught by uncertified teachers. Black students were five times more likely than white students to attend school in a high-shortage district.

Vacancies have been “overwhelmingly felt” by Black and brown students, she told The 74. Now, with shortages continuing to fall along lines of race and class, she fears “kids will not get access to the learning acceleration and the learning recovery that they need because you don’t have enough effective teachers.”

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