High-poverty schools spend less on staff

More than 40 percent of high-poverty schools spend less on staff than low-poverty schools in the same district, concludes a federal report.

This is no surprise. High-poverty schools are staffed by teachers with less experience who are lower on the salary scale. In most districts, teachers gain transfer rights with seniority. Experienced teachers tend to move to schools with easier-to-teach students.

 

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