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Report shines light on teacher attrition

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Report shines light on teacher attrition

The process of attrition – allowing a workforce to decrease in size by opting not to fill positions vacated by retirees or departing employees – is typically thought of as a cost-saving measure. Indeed, in the midst of the budget woes of recent years, many municipal leaders have utilized attrition toward that end. A recent report from the Alliance for Excellent Education, however, indicates attrition among public school teachers may be costing the Ocean State millions. The document, entitled “On the Path to Equity: Improving the Effectiveness of Beginning Teachers,” was released recently after a joint study with University of Pennsylvania professor Richard Ingersoll. The report breaks down what it says are the costs of teacher attrition on a state-by-state basis, and estimated the issue has led to the loss of $2.2 billion nationwide.
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