4 thoughts on “Why Charter Schools Have High Teacher Turnover

  1. I was a teacher in one of the charter schools towards the lower end of the spectrum (about 30%) turnover. It felt like a lot more than 30%. The best teachers were always leaving after a few years. I cannot overstate what a profoundly negative impact this has on students, both psychologically and academically.

    I, and many of my friends, left for several reasons. Some of them are the same as the reasons so many people leave teaching in general. Frustration over a lack of respect from students, parents, and administrators was a key factor. However, the main factors were specific to the charter movement. We did not have a real contract; our jobs had to be ‘renewed’ every year. As a result we had no job security. I saw may teachers ‘let go.’ We also had poor medical benefits, no tenure, no union, no pension, and poor pay with little or no increase from year to year.

    The charter schools will encounter high turnover rates until these problems are dealt with.

  2. Pingback: Merryl Tisch Suggests Firing A Lot of Black and Hispanic Teachers | Daniel Katz, Ph.D.

  3. Merry Tisch’s analysis of data regarding African American teachers and who needs to be fired is rather interesting and racist. I’ve worked with African American and Hispanic teachers who far exceed their Caucasian counterparts in our classrooms. Perhaps more Caucasian teachers need to be fired. Just because fewer African American and Hispanic teachers are in communities with low poverty doesn’t mean that those teachers are less qualified than their Caucasian counterparts who work in schools with less social and psychological challenges. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to recognize that teachers will perform better when their students perform better. We need a different approach to failing schools.

  4. Please accept a correction to the previous post…..it should read, “Just because fewer African American and Hispanic teachers are in communities with low poverty doesn’t mean that the teachers of that demographic who work in schools with high poverty are less qualified or less effective.” Just because there are more African American and Hispanic teachers in high poverty schools is not a cause in and of itself for the poor performance of students in those schools. Removing educators of color or of African decent is not the “silver bullet” that will improve student academic outcomes in high poverty communities.

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