Teacher Layoffs May Be Linked to Hiring Spree
An increase in teacher hiring in recent years is leading some observers to posit a link to the waves of pink slips that districts are sending across the country.
Thus far, hiring patterns have not been widely studied as part of the current discussion about layoffs. But national data from the U.S. Department of Education and from the National Education Association’s annual “Ranking & Estimates” report show that between the 1999-2000 and the 2007-08 school years, the teacher force has increased at more than double the rate of K-12 student enrollments.
“With accountability and No Child Left Behind, there was increased pressure to raise results, and districts and states responded by adding adults,” said Marguerite Roza, a scholar who has analyzed district spending patterns and now serves as a senior economic and data adviser for the Seattle-based Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “That was the dominant reform model...
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