I doubt this news will come as much of a surprise to anyone: “Public school teachers in the nation’s wealthiest communities continue to be more qualified than those in the poorest.” That’s according to data released by the federal Department of Education.

The feds are gathering statistics on teacher quality because the No Child Left Behind law requires that every student have a “highly qualified” teacher beginning with the next school year.

That sounds really nice. But NCLB does nothing to make it happen, much less put good teachers into less affluent schools.

The problem is that NCLB abdicates responsibility for defining “highly qualified” to the states. In most of them a person can teach if they hold a college degree and enough other pieces to get a teaching certificate.

Which means being “highly qualified” under this law has very little to do with being able to actually teach.

And the search for good teachers continues.

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