Education

Teacher Turnover in Chicago

By Stephen Sawchuk — June 30, 2009 1 min read

The University of Chicago’s Consortium on Chicago School Research has a new study out on teacher turnover in the Windy City, and it’s pretty grim stuff, according to this news story.

In about 100 of the schools, over half the teaching force leaves every year, the report found. Also, small schools tend to exacerbate turnover compared to larger schools, the story says, in what could portend some problems for the city’s Renaissance 2010 initiative in which smaller schools is one key strategy.

The report also examines factors such as teacher qualifications, crime and safety, levels of parental engagement, and school leadership for their relationship to rates of teacher turnover.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Beat blog.