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JPEF: High teacher turnover hurting Duval public schools

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Updated: 4/29/2013 6:25 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Duval County loses about 50-percent of new teachers within the first five years of their careers, that's according to the latest study by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund.

"You talk about any industry in the world, a 50-percent turnover rate in the first five years is pretty remarkable," said JPEF President Trey Csar.

So, he and his team started looking into the reasons why.  They surveyed 600 local teachers, trying to find out what's been driving them out of the profession.

"Teachers consistently said pay and benefits are important of what keeps us in this profession and what could drive us out of this profession," he said.

They also asked teachers what would make them stay. "We found compensation and benefits, increased autonomy in their classrooms, and a louder voice in district and state level policy decisions," said Csar.

Csar says the high turnover rate has a real impact on the district, both financially and academically.  Financially, it costs millions to constantly recruit and train new teachers.  Academically, teachers don't usually hit their stride until about five years into their career.

Now, the plan is to take these results and put them to good use.  Csar said, "We think it's fundamental for the future of our city and the future of our children that every child in in our community has access to a high quality public school."
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CBDemented - 5/1/2013 7:50 AM
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Rate of loss for Duval teachers in the 1st 5 years isn't that much higher than the national average. They are the only bargaining unit in the district that has received a raise in 7 of the last 8 years. It's true that Duval teachers are some of the worst paid in the country, especially within the 1st 10 years...and that should be addressed. But it would be nice if you people remember that there are 6k other employees, without which this district wouldn't matter how many excellent teachers we have, or what they are paid. Other support divisions are hemorrhaging talent to the private sector at an alarming rate. The technology division alone lost 30% of its senior computer specialists, who take care of the servers, communication equipment and infrastructure essential to the school system in order to meet state requirements, let alone help our children be ready to compete in an increasingly technical world. No raises in 5 years and 50-150% raises in the private sector for doing less of the same work is the prime motivator. And the technology division isn't alone in this exodus of experience.

Truthseeker - 4/30/2013 4:33 AM
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The answers to why the teachers are leaving sound like they came right out of the union's play book. BTW, congratulations Fred Thompson. You have managed to write three sentences with four mis-spelled words and no cohesive thought. You obviously had one of those teachers who quit long before they left.

Fred Thompson - 4/30/2013 12:44 AM
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Loseing good talent in educators has been a problem for some time. When you can't understand that true talent deserves the best in benifits. You become as dumb as the 50% of the "ILLEGITAMENT" kids being tought( in vain attempts).
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