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

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Anna J. Egalite

North Carolina State University - Department of Educational Leadership, Policy & Human Development

Laura Jensen

Portland State University - Sponsored Projects Administration

Thomas Stewart

Patten University

Patrick Wolf

University of Arkansas - Department of Education Reform

Date Written: March 10, 2014

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Egalite, Anna J. and Jensen, Laura and Stewart, Thomas and Wolf, Patrick, Finding the Right Fit: Recruiting and Retaining Teachers in Milwaukee Choice Schools (March 10, 2014). Journal of School Choice, 8(1), 113-140. doi:10.1080/15582159.2014.875418, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2667039

Anna J. Egalite

North Carolina State University - Department of Educational Leadership, Policy & Human Development ( email )

Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27695
United States

Laura Jensen

Portland State University - Sponsored Projects Administration ( email )

Portland, OR
United States

Thomas Stewart

Patten University ( email )

2433 Coolidge Ave
Oakland, CA 94601
United States

Patrick Wolf (Contact Author)

University of Arkansas - Department of Education Reform ( email )

201 Graduate Education Building
Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States

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