August 4, 2022 – An article in EdSource by Diana Lambert, John Fensterwald, and Daniel J. Willis about newly released state data on teacher quality mentions the work of Public Advocates and quotes John Affeldt.

While inequalities exist, the disparities among schools and districts in staffing classes with fully prepared teachers don’t appear as stark as 20 years ago, said John Affeldt, managing partner of Public Advocates, a public interest law firm that has tracked inequities in teacher qualifications in California for two decades.

“I think districts are aware and may be doing a better job, but have not erased the disparities,” Affeldt said. “It’s a statewide problem that needs to be addressed.”

Poorer students still get the least qualified teachers, but California has made progress


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