A union investigation of teacher turnover rates for the two year period between October 2014 and October 2016 shows a much higher teacher turnover rates at the Renewal Schools than for the New York City Public Schools teacher turnover rate
The UFT report found that for the 78 Renewal Schools investigated, the average teacher turnover rate for the two years was 40%, compared to a 23% for all public schools. The report was summarized in Chalkbeat and found the following factors that contributed to the high teacher turnover rates at the Renewal Schools.
- Difficult;t teaching conditions
- Intense pressure to show academic achievement.
- Unstable and poor school administrative leadership.
- Sagging enrollment.
- Low teacher morale
- Poor academic performance.of the mostly level 1 student body.
Of the 73 Renewal Schools investigated, 50 of the schools had a two year teacher turnover rate of 33% or greater Add that to a mostly "newbie" teaching staff. who have a steep learning curve to become a quality teacher, the mostly level 1 student body, and you have a recipe for failure, the Renewal Schools!
For ATRs, there is one bright spot in the Renewal School saga. The Chancellor, Carmen Farina, has ordered the DOE not to "force place" ATRs in the Renewal Schools, what a lucky break for us.