California teachers serving poor communities with high percentages of minority residents are paid less than their counterparts in affluent areas with low minority populations within the same school district, a study concludes.
Produced by the Education Trust West, the Oakland, Calif.-based affiliate of the Education Trust, a national research and advocacy organization based in Washington, the study examines teacher pay in 12 districts in California. For example, within the 43,000-student Oakland Unified district, teachers at Lockwood Elementary School, which educates mostly Latino, African-American, and low-income students, are paid an average of $8,049 less per year than teachers at Thornhill Elementary, where the percentages of low-income and minority students are much lower.
The report said a major reason for the pay inequity is that veteran teachers tend to move to schools in more affluent communities because those schools have better working conditions.
A version of this article appeared in the September 28, 2005 edition of Education Week