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High-Poverty Schools Continue To Wear On Teachers, Surveys Show

School districts offer cash bonuses. They hire teacher coaches. They appeal to the idealism of educators who want to make a difference.

But the proof is in their own data: It’s hard to teach at a high-poverty school. There’s less buy-in from parents. Kids don’t follow the rules. There aren’t even enough computers. And staff turnover is sky high.

“We have 32 new teachers on board,” said Krystal Carson, principal of Potter Elementary School in east Tampa, which is struggling with behavior and other issues.