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Document Number: 7498

A Possible Dream: Retaining California Teachers So All Students Learn - Twenty-two percent of California teachers leave the profession after their first four years in the classroom. Additionally, 10% transfer away from high poverty schools each year. The state spends more than $455 million each year to recruit, hire and prepare replacement teachers. This report offers recommendations to increase teacher retention, including: (1) assess teaching conditions locally and continuously; (2) elevate California’s student funding to (at least) adequate levels; (3) resolve the bureaucratic conundrum (not all bureaucracies are bad); (4) refocus school leadership on instructional quality and high-quality teaching and learning conditions; (5) establish statewide standards for school teaching and learning conditions; and (6) assess and address specific challenges in retention of special educations teachers. (Center for Teacher Quality at California State Sacramento, April 2007) ...


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