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A good teacher is hard to keep

by Bill Hayes

In A good teacher is hard to keep for the Los Angeles Times, teacher Sujata Bhatt argues that successful teachers are not given leadership roles in schools.

I’m just one among many hardworking, high-achieving teachers in L.A. Unified and other districts. But we are at risk. A recent study by the educational nonprofit organization TNTP found that each year urban school districts are losing high-achieving teachers because they make little effort to retain them, or to push out the low achievers. The report, “The Irreplaceables: Understanding the Real Retention Crisis in America’s Urban Schools,” estimates that the nation’s 50 largest school districts lose about 10,000 excellent teachers a year. Those teachers are extremely difficult to replace. The report estimates that it takes 11 hires by a district to yield one truly great teacher, and so it strongly behooves schools to make sure their best teachers stay. [more]