A coalition of nearly 100 groups is turning up the heat on the U.S. Department of Education over its decision to roll back a requirement pertaining to “teacher equity,” or ensuring that poor and minority students have access to the most capable teachers.
Some background: The department initially required states that wanted to renew their No Child Left Behind waivers to spell out how they would use teacher-evaluation results to ensure this access. But states, buried in common-core implementation and other mandates, balked. And in the end the department backed off, saying it would use another mechanism to encourage teacher equity.
In a letter sent yesterday to the Education Department, the Coalition for Teacher Quality, which counts among its members a variety of groups representing minority groups, English-language learners and students with disabilities, protest this move. Th