ERIC Number: ED472575
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Quality Matters. In Evidence: Policy Reports from the CFE Trial, Volume 4.
Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc., New York, NY.
In 2001, a decision by the New York State Supreme Court in a landmark school funding case, Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE), Inc. v. State of New York, declared the current New York state funding system unconstitutional and ordered the legislature to replace it with a new cost-based system that ensures that every school district has sufficient resources to provide the opportunity for a sound basic education for all students. Teacher quality has been recognized by educators and by this court decision as a vital component of a sound basic education. This volume reviews some evidence related to the importance of teacher quality and explores the quality of teachers in New York state and New York City. The teacher quality problem is particularly acute in New York City, where, in spite of the presence of some excellent teachers, there are many teachers who are ill prepared and inexperienced. Some of the worst teachers in the state are in New York City, and poor and minority students in New York City and other poor parts of the state receive the worst teachers. Recruiting and retaining quality teachers will require more resources, especially with regard to teacher salary, or the citys problems attracting qualified teachers are likely to worsen. The CFE v. State decision confirmed that research supports the conclusion that the dismal student performance in New York City and high-need areas around the state is in part attributable to the lack of access to qualified teachers. (Contains 50 footnotes.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Finance, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Public Education, State Programs, Teacher Certification, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Effectiveness, Urban Schools
Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc., 6 East 43rd Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10017. Tel: 212-867-8455; e-mail: email@example.com.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc., New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York