Teacher turnover is a vexing problem in charter schools when it comes to retaining teachers. On the average, charter schools lose 33% of their teaching staff yearly. However, Success Academy's Manhattan high school has an even higher turnover rate. The school admitted that 70% of its professional staff has left. According to the Wall Street Journal article the breakdown is as follows:
- 25 quit
- 9 were dismissed
- 13 took jobs elsewhere in the network.
- Only 20 (30%) remain.
That left only 20 teachers who will return to the high school. No wonder Eva Moskowitz had SUNY 's Charter Board try to weaken the teacher certification system for charter schools since her network experiences extremely high teacher turnover and eventually the influx of freshly minted "newbie" teachers will dry up as fewer college students are going into teaching, especially as the economy is on an upswing and teaching salaries and lack of respect cannot compete with other professions.
Under existing rules, only 13% of the teaching staff do not need to be certified and Eva Moskowitz's Success Academy will have a difficult time getting down to that percentage. Look for the network to either get a waiver or manipulate the statistics to meet the 13% threshold.
Too bad her pals, Michael Bloomberg and Joel Klein cannot come to her rescue this time.