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Finding qualified teachers

WASHINGTON (AP) -- How can students learn math, when the teacher doesn't know much more about the subject than the pupils?

  That's one of the questions raised by a new report by a children's advocacy group, the Education Trust.

  The report is based on Education Department data. It says in high-poverty schools, two in five math classes have teachers without a college major or certification in math.

  And in schools with a greater share of African-American and Latino children, nearly one in three math classes is taught by such a teacher.

  Math is considered a "gateway" course, one that leads to greater success in college and the workplace.

  The crucial learning time for students is in grades 5 through 8.

  Researchers acknowledge it can be tougher to find qualified teachers for middle schools, especially in low-income areas.

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