5/12/2016 – Teachers Are Increasingly Frustrated With Their Work, And That’s Bad For Students

THIS WEEK: School Choice Doesn’t Fix Inequality … New Orleans Is Not Going Local … Charter School Graduation Rates … Most Teachers Want To Quit … Income Segregation Is Worse


Teachers Are Increasingly Frustrated With Their Work, And That’s Bad For Students

By Jeff Bryant

“The nation’s frontline educators are committed to their students and generally satisfied with their schools and their colleagues but are deeply frustrated with how they’re being treated … The discontent teachers feel in the workplace is actually the continuation of a long and alarming trend with undoubtedly negative impacts on students.”
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School Choice Hasn’t Fixed Graduation-Rate Inequity In N.Y.C., Study Says

Education Week

“Since 2004, students in New York City have been allowed to choose where to attend high school. But that freedom to leave their neighborhood schools hasn’t translated into higher graduation rates for students from low-income families … While New York City’s overall four-year graduation rate reached 70% in January, the graduation rates for students who live in low-income neighborhoods lag behind those of their wealthier peers by as much as 34 percentage points … Overall, the persistent low graduation rates in low-income, high-minority neighborhoods means that school choice has ‘not fixed the problem it was designed in part to solve.'”
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New Orleans Tries To Mix Charter Schools With Democracy: Is This The District Of The Future?

The Washington Post

“Louisiana seized control of most New Orleans schools and turned them into charter schools after the devastating storm in 2005 … Now the state is poised to relinquish its oversight … Critics say it is a whitewash, written to appear as if local control over public education will be restored when the bill really leaves most of the power in the hands of the unelected boards of directors who run each of the city’s charter schools … The parish school board … would be prohibited from interfering with school-level decisions about a litany of issues, including instruction, schedules, staffing, contracting, and collective bargaining.”
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Charter, Alternative, Virtual Schools Account for Most Low-Grad-Rate Schools, Study Finds

Education Week

“Charter, virtual, and alternative schools account for a disproportionate share of U.S. high schools with low graduation rates … Even though they enroll only a small slice of students, they account for more than half of the U.S. high schools that graduate 67% or less of their students in four years … Researchers called attention to the preponderance of low-grad-rate schools among charter, alternative, and virtual schools in part because the numbers of those schools have been rising in the last 15 years. Additionally, they enroll large shares of low-income, black, and Hispanic students.”
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Survey: Nearly Half Of Teachers Would Quit Now For Higher-Paying Job

USA Today

“Teachers are a frustrated bunch. About six in 10 are losing enthusiasm for the job, and just as many say they spend too much time prepping students for state-mandated tests. Nearly half say they’d quit teaching now if they could find a higher-paying job … While 64% say they like their school and are part of ‘a satisfied group’ of teachers, 49% say the stress and disappointments ‘aren’t really worth it.’ … Teachers in the survey ‘were very clear about the things they were vexed by,’ including poor leadership, not enough time to teach all the content that’s required – and too much testing.”
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Data Show Segregation By Income (Not Race) Is What’s Getting Worse In Schools

The Hechinger Report

“Rich families are increasingly pulling away from poor ones, and sending their kids to different schools. At the same time, more families are living in poverty … Income segregation between different school districts increased 15% between 1990 and 2010. Within large districts, the segregation of students who are eligible and ineligible for free lunch increased by about 30% during the same 20 years … The poverty rate in predominantly minority schools is rising faster than the poverty rate in predominantly white schools … This new income segregation is now exacerbating racial achievement gaps … For every 10-percentage-point difference in the poverty rate of white and minority students’ schools, the achievement gap grows by roughly one-quarter of a grade level.”
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