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New teachers cut, weak links stay?



It's not a good time to be a teacher in Florida, but especially if you're a young teacher.

As budget cuts have forced districts to look everywhere for savings, many have turned their sights to teachers on annual contract, with the latest example making headlines being down in Indian River County. But is this really the best thing to do?

Wouldn't it be better if school districts let their worst teachers go, whether they were rookies or veterans? That's what the left-leaning Center for American Progress argues in a recent issue brief:

"Dismissing the least experienced teachers may have a negative effect on average teacher quality.

"Some of the most energetic and positive teachers are those with very little experience. For example, Teach for America corps members, who are carefully selected for academic skill and commitment to working in high-poverty schools, have been shown to be at least as effective as more experienced teachers. And what about teachers who are new to their current employer but have documented records of success elsewhere? They are just as vulnerable to being laid off as hapless rookies."

Ron Matus, State Education Reporter


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:13am]


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