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Teacher quality: What kind? What works?

Date Published: 03/24/2010

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Teacher quality matters. 

Research shows an effective teacher has a bigger impact on student performance than any other in-school variable, as the Bush Foundation reports.

The trouble is defining teacher quality and knowing what improves it. 

The teacher quality challenge is driving public policy debates about incentive pay for teachers, changes in teacher licensure, and new approaches to teacher training, hiring and retention. In Minnesota, legislators are considering moves to allow for teachers with less training or unconventional backgrounds. And some community leaders have tangled with the Education Minnesota teachers' union over teacher quality ideas.

When compiling research and recommendations for the Growth & Justice proposal on Smart Investments in Minnesota

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