KCUR reports teacher shortage acute in lower-income districts

“Children who come from low-income families, have disabilities, aren’t white or don’t speak English at home appear to be disproportionately paying the price of Kansas’ teacher shortage, according to an analysis by the Kansas News Service.

“Particularly affected are Liberal, Garden City and Dodge City — southwest Kansas towns where most of the students come from low-income families and more than half face the added challenge of building math, literacy and other skills while acquiring English as a second language.

The state’s largest school district, Wichita Public Schools — another predominantly non-white district where three-fourths of the students come from low-income families — is struggling too, reporting nearly 80 unfilled positions as of early this school year.”

Read more here: http://kcur.org/post/kansas-teacher-vacancies-concentrated-five-lower-income-school-districts#stream/0

Originally posted on Facebook November 27, 2017

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