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Higher poverty schools get newer teachers

The Statesman Journal recently ran a two-day package that showed how the newest and least experienced teachers in the Salem-Keizer School District work in the highest poverty schools, which was based on a data analysis by the newspaper. Salem-Keizer is the second largest school district in Oregon, with about 40,000 students. Using raw data from the school district and state education department, Statesman Journal education reporter Mackenzie Ryan analyzed teacher experience levels, student minority and poverty make up, and state test results at each school. The package included "case studies" of a high poverty school with high teacher turnover, a more affluent school where experienced teachers flock and a bucking-the-trend school that has achieved student success.

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