School & District Management

Analysis Questions Staffing System Effectiveness

By Sarah D. Sparks — September 01, 2010 1 min read
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In interesting research news, check out my fellow blogger Steve Sawchuk’s Teacher Beat analysis of the Center on Reinventing Public Education’s recent study of “mutual consent” teacher staffing systems.

These systems often get tapped when districts move away from seniority-based hiring and transfers. Yet the authors Betheny Gross, Michael DeArmond and Dan Goldhaber found the shift from seniority to mutual-consent alone did not reduce teacher turnover or improve the concentration of inexperienced teachers at poor and high-minority schools. I wonder how education reformers are reacting to the Matrix-like fall of yet another silver bullet?

A version of this news article first appeared in the Inside School Research blog.