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ERIC Number: EJ887544
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May-19
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Slew of Layoffs May Be Linked to Overhiring
Sawchuk, Stephen
Education Week, v29 n32 p1, 20 May 2010
An increase in teacher hiring in recent years has led some observers to posit a link to the waves of pink slips districts are now sending across the U.S. Between the 1999-2000 and the 2007-08 school years, the teacher force increased at more than double the rate of K-12 student enrollments. Hiring teachers to reduce class sizes remains a perennially popular initiative, but other trends also seem to be in play, too. The reasons underpinning the continued hiring are not clear from the data. But researchers who study human-capital issues suggest several possibilities. While federal funding for class-size reduction waned after 2001, they noted, new types of staffing arrangements have sprung up, including efforts to promote full-time teachers into coaching positions. In those roles, they observe other teachers and provide feedback, help teachers integrate content-specific pedagogical techniques, provide mentoring, or model practices. Districts brought more educators onto the rolls in better budget times. However, with 80 percent or more of the typical district's budget caught up in salaries now, they may be forced to cut back on some of those positions. Because of this, the current teaching positions of all kinds are now in jeopardy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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