Research Spotlight on Hard-to-Staff Schools

What characterizes "hard-to-staff" schools, those schools that have difficulty in finding and retaining qualified, effective teachers? Many are high-poverty inner-city schools or rural schools that, as a consequence of their location in economically depressed or isolated districts, offer lower salaries.

Are teacher salaries lower in low-income school districts? As in the context of this quote, are the low salaries a reason why low-income school districts are harder to staff with effective teachers? Any numbers to show this?

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    sounds extremely fishy. More likely you'll find a difference in the number of public vs. private schools, the quality difference being caused by public schools being unable to fire underperforming teachers because of union contracts dictating tenure. – jwenting Sep 21 '13 at 7:34
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    @Michelle Three questions: a) Are you only interested in the teacher salaries, or also interested in other/all types of spending on education (textbooks, buildings, etc.)? b) Are you only interested in recent statistics, or also interested in earlier (e.g. 2004 and earlier) statistics? c) What's the intent behind your second question, which is that "If it's true that salaries are lower, is this /a/ reason why they're harder to staff?": wouldn't this be taken for granted / axiomatic in America, where salaries (financial compensation) are assumed to be /a/ motive when people choose their work? – ChrisW Sep 21 '13 at 13:50
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    @jwenting Please don't use this question as a vehicle for advancing your own political conspiracy theories. – DJClayworth Sep 21 '13 at 14:27
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    @dmckee ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/may02/vol59/num08/… seems to say, using data from the year 2000, that Texas isn't as 'weird' as you suggest: a) 50% of education/district spending is generated locally b) this happens in the United States generally (not only in Texas) c) spending-per-student varies by a factor of approximately two between States, and by a factor of up to two or more between the districts within some States. – ChrisW Sep 21 '13 at 23:33
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    @jwenting "I merely point out what agenda is being advanced in those schools" — that is not an appropriate use of comments. – user5582 Sep 23 '13 at 6:49

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