Finding the Right Fit: Recruiting and Retaining Teachers in Milwaukee Choice Schools
Journal of School Choice, 8(1), 113-140. doi:10.1080/15582159.2014.875418
Posted: 2 Oct 2015 Last revised: 3 Oct 2015
Date Written: March 10, 2014
This article explores differential hiring and retention practices across schools of choice using data gathered as part of a comprehensive evaluation of a large-scale school voucher program in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A variety of interview, survey, and observation instruments are used to describe the challenges and strategies that 13 schools report regarding teacher recruitment and retention. We conclude that schools with established partnerships with institutions that share a religious or philosophical commitment experience the highest success with recruiting and retaining teachers. We describe the strategies used by these schools and make recommendations for improving teacher retention in schools of choice.
Keywords: teacher recruitment, teacher retention, school vouchers, school choice
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