Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Teacher Turnover Decrease in NYC

The WSJ’s Lisa Fleisher with a good piece of reporting, showing that teacher turnover has dropped significantly in NYC:

A host of internal efforts and a tough economy have pushed New York City schools considerably closer to a long-sought goal: Teachers are staying in the job longer.

More than 80% of public schoolteachers now have at least five years experience, up from less than two-thirds when Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office in 2002, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of city data.

The jump comes after years of attempts by the Bloomberg administration to keep teachers around. The city launched an ad campaign and offered substantial raises, a housing subsidy, a $36 million mentoring program, fellowships and awards. The numbers improved.

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