(May 19) State Teachers of the Year identify main barriers to student success, their three top school funding priorities

By Lindsey Layton
The Washington Post

The greatest barriers to school success for K-12 students have little to do with anything that goes on in the classroom, according to the nation’s top teachers: It is family stress, followed by poverty, and learning and psychological problems.

Those were the factors named in a survey of the 2015 state Teachers of the Year, top educators selected annually in every U.S. state and jurisdictions such as the District of Columbia and Guam.

The survey, to be released Wednesday by the Council of Chief State School Officers and Scholastic Inc., polled the 56 Teachers of the Year, a small but elite group of educators considered among the country’s best, on a range of issues affecting public education.

… Asked to identify three top school funding priorities, the teachers ranked “anti-poverty initiatives” as their top choice, followed by early learning and “reducing barriers to learning” such as providing health care and other services to poor children.

Full Story: Poverty, family stress are thwarting student success, top teachers say, by Lindsey Layton, The Washington Post, 05/19/15


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