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Report: Poorly Rated Teachers Adding To Struggling Students' Battle

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A new report says city students who need the most help from teachers might not be getting it.

The report by the advocacy group StudentsFirstNY says underachieving, poor, and minority students are most likely to be taught by teachers rated by the city as unsatisfactory.

The findings were the same among elementary, middle, and high schools.

The report recommends the city adopt a teacher evaluation system and find new ways to find quality teachers.

"Our report makes 10 recommendations focused on targeting efforts and resources at recruiting highly effective teachers into the schools that need them the most, retaining them so they stay in those classrooms, and ultimately making sure that the students who most need highly effective teachers are not saddled with ineffective educators," said StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Micah Lasher.

The Department of Education says it's already working to implement many of the ideas in the report.

Another advocacy group, New Yorkers for Great Public Schools, blasted the report, saying the inequitable distribution of quality teachers is a result of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's refusal to provide adequate support and professional development to teachers. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP