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ERIC Number: EJ763241
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1539-9664
The Revolving Door
Hanushek, Eric A.; Kain, John F.; Rivkin, Steven G.
Education Next, v4 n1 p76-82 Win 2004
Experienced teachers are, on average, more effective at raising student performance than those in their early years of teaching. This gives rise to the concern that too many teachers leave the profession after less than a full career and that too many leave troubled inner-city schools for suburban ones. Until now, the roots of these problems have not been well understood. In particular, it is not known whether teachers leave schools with high concentrations of disadvantaged and low-achieving populations for financial reasons or because of the working conditions associated with serving these students. Nor are there good estimates of what kinds of salary increases would need to be offered to slow the turnover among teachers. This article presents a path-breaking study of elementary school teachers in the state of Texas. The study examines directly the impact of salary and certain working conditions on teachers' decisions to leave their schools, focusing solely on how many teachers move among schools and out of teaching, and does not examine the quality of the teachers who move from one district to another or leave teaching altogether. It reveals that working conditions matter more than salary. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas
IES Cited: ED547106