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Charter Schools And Teacher Diversity


Nice post! You mention that some charter opponents say there's a lack of diversity among charter school teachers because they rely on alternatively certified teachers. But that implies that alt cert teachers are more likely to be white, when in fact the opposite is true. So it seems plausible that they're right that charters rely more on alt cert (I suspect so, but like you I'm not aware of any evidence) and that may be part of why NC charters have more diverse teachers.

I disagree with most certified teachers are white. I would say most of them are younger and live at home so they can except lesser pay. I believe most charter schools does not pay at a pay scale that public school systems does and some teachers perfer a smaller setting according to the number of students in the classroom environment. I would say you deal with more students on a gifted level in charter schools than you do in public. Whicjh they are not given the resource to evaluate the students as they would in the public system. You see the majority of black teachers in the charters depending on the area they reside. Whether we call them up the wau or down the way in the lower inner city parts of town thats when you see a diversity of teacching. Going back to the desegregation arrea. When its looked at.

Great post. Just dropping in from North Carolina to confirm that "state-level oversight or authorizing entities may emphasize and monitor teacher diversity as an expectation" is definitely NOT happening in North Carolina.

When examining the diversity within different pathways, it's important to control for the financial incentives that pathways offer. Our research ( finds that more diverse candidates enter programs that offer money--whether through grants for residency programs that do NOT allow someone to be a teacher of record, or through the quick-entry programs that offer salaries and benefits before a person is fully certified but is serving as a teacher of record. Ignoring the economic incentives that drive decisions for which pathway a person enters teaching through masks an important impediment to quality. We know that more clinical practice is associated with stronger teacher performance, especially in early years, since it takes time to learn to teach. If we want to address both diversity and quality, we must address the economic barriers to entry through clinically rich pathways.

I'm glad to know that my black nephew will have a chance to be taught by a black teacher if he enrolls in a charter school. I think I'll let him enroll in a charter school if the teacher/student racial match has a high rate in these types of schools. Since there is diversity in these schools, I'm sure he will appreciate it since he's been asking me about making friends with people with other ethnicities as well.

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