Alliance report cited in news story on the effects of teacher attrition in Rhode IslandStudents may not be the only ones leaving public schools. A new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education suggests that Rhode Island may be losing between $4 million and $10.4 million due to teacher attrition. The report, “On the Path to Equity: Improving the Effectiveness of Beginning Teachers,” was released this July. The alliance worked in tandem with Richard Ingersoll, an education and sociology professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Together, they estimated the costs of teacher attrition throughout the U.S. and by each individual state. Attrition involves the departure of a teacher from a particular school, the public school system or even the profession itself. An estimated $2.2 billion is lost nationwide due to teacher attrition, although the report says the issues of attrition poses a bigger concern than simply financial losses.