ERIC Number: EJ687752
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Fix It and They Might Stay: School Facility Quality and Teacher Retention in Washington, D.C.
Buckley, Jack; Schneider, Mark; Shang, Yi
Teachers College Record, v107 n5 p1107-1123 May 2005
The attrition of both new and experienced teachers is a challenge for schools and school administrators throughout the United States, particularly in large urban districts. Because of the importance of this issue, there is a large empirical literature that investigates why teachers quit and how they might be induced to stay. Here we build upon this literature by suggesting another important factor in the teacher decision to stay or leave: the quality of school facilities. We investigate the importance of facility quality using data from a survey of K-12 public school teachers in Washington, D.C. We find in our sample that facility quality is an important predictor of the decision of teachers to leave their current position, even after controlling for other contributing factors.
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Teacher Persistence, Public School Teachers, Educational Facilities Improvement, Urban Schools, Teaching Conditions, Teacher Attitudes, Predictor Variables
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Kindergarten; Middle Schools; Preschool Education; Secondary Education
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