Rhode Island, along with all other states, is being asked to submit new “teacher equity plans,” to the U.S. Department of Education. Originally created in 2006, these plans are designed to insure that poor and minority children are not taught at higher rates by inexperienced or unqualified teachers.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is praising Rhode Island for its work implementing its original plan.
“I think that Rhode Island has done to raise standards, to better support teachers, to figure out how we raise graduation rates and reduce dropout rates, but like every other state there’s still a long way to go,” said Duncan.
According to data collected by the U.S. Department of education, three percent of Black students and five percent of Hispanic students in Rhode Island are at schools with more than 20 percent first-year teachers. For white students it’s less than one percent. The new teacher equity plans are due by spring of 2015.
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