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A study by UC Berkeley researchers released last week shows that the teacher turnover rate is much higher at Los Angeles charter schools than at the city’s traditional public schools. The 2007-08 school year saw 45 percent of charter middle and high school teachers quit before the next school year compared with 14 to 23 percent for public schools.

Reasoning behind these crappy numbers? Choose one from below:

a) Charter schools are independently run and don’t have to abide by teachers’ union rights.

b) L.A.’s charter schools make up 10.5 percent of the nationwide total for the school system.

c) Studies show that about 50 percent of their students can be declared “at-risk.”

d) All of the above … plus more? …

In more loyal news, the retention rate for students at these charter and magnet schools are higher than that of traditional public schools. During the same period, about two percent of students left a magnet school, four percent left a charter, five percent left a newly constructed school and six percent left all other public high schools.

Reasoning behind these less crappy numbers? Eh, who knows? Maybe researchers can figure that out next.

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Los Angels charter schools have higher teacher turnover [LA Times]



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