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The Buzz about Teacher Turnover at Charter Schools

The Buzz about Teacher Turnover at Charter Schools

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Social media is buzzing this week because of an article from the New York Times titled "At Charter Schools, Short Careers by Choice".

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/27/education/at-charter-schools-short-careers-by-choice.html

Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach for America, is quoted as saying, “Strong schools can withstand the turnover of their teachers. The strongest schools develop their teachers tremendously so they become great in the classroom even in their first and second years.”

But Ronald Thorpe, president of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, likens teachers to masters of a craft. He's quoted as saying, “To become a master plumber you have to work for five years. Shouldn’t we have some kind of analog to that with the people we are entrusting our children to?”

I'm curious to know what the Edutopia community thinks about this issue. Can high teacher turnover at charter schools ever be a good thing? What's your opinion?

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