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In the News: Like Daley, Emanuel had to compromise
As Mayor Daley did nine years ago, Mayor Emanuel realized he had to compromise with the Chicago Teachers Union in an effort to avert a strike. Whether it worked, we won't know for a few more weeks.
A new study finds that urban schools are systematically neglecting their best teachers, losing tens of thousands every year even as they keep many of their lowest-performing teachers indefinitely—with disastrous consequences for students, schools, and the teaching profession. The study by The New Teacher Project, a national nonprofit, documents the real teacher retention crisis in America’s schools: not only a failure to retain enough teachers, but a failure to retain the right teachers. Read the report here.
MORE ON THE STUDY: School districts need to get smarter about retention strategies because the strongest teachers are just as likely as weak teachers are to leave their schools after five years, according to a study by the New Teacher Project. (The New York Times)
AND: TNTP report also focuses on how districts can hold on to teachers determined to be the best. Districts don’t make a special effort to keep those teachers, termed “Irreplaceables” in the report, and when they leave, schools are highly unlikely to hire teachers who are anywhere near as strong, the report concludes. Some of the report’s findings represent low-cost, easy-to-implement alternatives to some of the other policies TNTP has pushed, including firing teachers who don’t have permanent positions and doing away with seniority-based layoffs. (Gotham Schools)
Essentially, the report blames principals for dropping the ball on teacher retention, according to Education Week.
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The Pekin Community High School teachers’ labor contract expires Wednesday with no agreement yet reached between the teachers union and the administration, but both sides of the negotiations say there is nothing for parents to worry about and that the start of school will not be interrupted. (Peoria Journal Star)
IN THE NATION
Grand Rapids high school students will encounter stronger, more specific attendance rules this school year, a necessary step school leaders say if teachers are to be judged on their performance. (MLive.com)
An environmental science program run by the Nature Conservancy seeks to create scientists and engineers who do not look like most already in the field. Students in the program are mostly from middle-class Hispanic, black or Asian families. All live in large cities and have high GPAs at high schools whose curriculums center on the environment. (The New York Times)