Our nation has approximately 50.4 million students who attend public elementary and secondary schools. Of these, 42% are children-of-color living in poverty. It is forecast that this demographic will increase at an accelerated rate and it is well documented that poverty is closely correlated with gaps in educational achievement.
Studies show that most important factor affecting student learning is the teacher. Almost two-thirds of new teachers report that their teacher preparation program left them unprepared for the realities of the classroom, and most of these teachers are teaching in our highest need communities.