facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Expert: Black and Hispanic students in Los Angeles get bad teachers

Feb. 8, 2014 at 12:13 PM   |   Comments

| License Photo
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- An expert who testified in a parents' lawsuit said black and Latino students are more likely than white and Asian peers to be assigned bad teachers.

Vergara vs. California, brought by nine parents and backed by Students Matter, an advocacy group in Menlo Park, Calif., challenges the system of tenure and seniority, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

Thomas J. Kane, a professor at Harvard, testifying for the plaintiffs, said he found teachers ranked in the bottom 5 percent taught 3.8 percent of white students and 5.2 percent of Latinos. He said 38.5 percent of white students had a teacher ranked in the bottom 50 percent, while 48.6 percent of blacks and 52.2 percent of Latinos did.

The lawsuit seeks to overturn Los Angeles' practice of granting tenure to teachers after 18 months on the job and layoffs being done in order of seniority.

The parents also want a speedier process for firing teachers who are ineffective.

The state, the California Federation of Teachers and the California Teachers Association are defending the current system.

Kane said the current system hurts minority students because "rather than assign them more effective teachers to help close the gap with white students they're assigned less effective teachers, which results in the gap being slightly wider in the following year."

© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
U.S. Air Force orders more RQ-4 Global Hawks U.S. Air Force orders more RQ-4 Global Hawks
2
New York state may legalize recreational marijuana by next year New York state may legalize recreational marijuana by next year
3
115,000 immigrants to lose health care coverage by end of September 115,000 immigrants to lose health care coverage by end of September
4
The FBI announces completion of facial recognition program The FBI announces completion of facial recognition program
5
Ukraine may join European Union in vote on Tuesday Ukraine may join European Union in vote on Tuesday
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback