Matt Di Carlo: New Data Show High Teacher Attrition in DC

The Michelle Rhee miracle in action…not.

Diane Ravitch's blog

Matthew Di Carlo of the Shanker Institute reports a new study of teacher attrition in the District of Columbia.

The numbers of teachers leaving the district are startling. Whether it is working conditions or policy, the District is not a good place to work.

DCPS has an attrition rate of 25%, far above the national average.

But it is far higher in the highest-poverty schools, as much as 40%.

Di Carlo notes:

“Now, it’s important to note, first of all, that this level of churn, overall and/or in how it varies by school poverty, may not be unusual for districts similar to DCPS (for example, the overall rate of 25 percent is probably roughly comparable to other big city districts). In other words, this may be less a DCPS problem than a large urban district problem (and the raw figures certainly cannot be chalked up to specific policies, in DC…

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Burris: Néw York’s Old Standards Better than Common Core

Diane Ravitch's blog

Carol Burris, principal of South Side High School in Rockville Center, NY, has read the Common Core standards. The 2005 Néw York standards, she concluded, were superior.

Parents and educators are outraged.

Does State Commissioner John King care?

Burris writes:

“”Hit the delay button.” That was the message New York’s senators sent to state Education Commissioner John King during last week’s hearing. Education Committee Chairman John Flanagan made it clear that if King did not act, senators on his panel would. Senator Maziarz observed that the only Common Core supporters remaining are “yourself (King) and the members of the Board of Regents.” To make his position crystal clear, Senator Latimer emphatically smacked the table while calling for a delay, likening the rollout of the Common Core to “steaming across the Atlantic” when there are icebergs in the water.

“The defiant King refused to acknowledge the icebergs, and remained insistent…

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So many have tried.