AFTERNOON UPDATE AND MATHEMATICAL CHALLENGE: After talking to a researcher and doing the simple calculation myself, I just don’t arrive at the $12 million figure. As the researcher suggested, I multiplied the “actual” per-teacher turnover cost for Chicago ($17,872) by the number of classroom teachers who leave the Oakland district each year (300).
If anyone gets anything more than $5.36 million, let me know.
Researchers from the National Commission on Teaching and America’s future estimate that the nation’s schools spend more than $7 billion per year to recruit, hire, process and train a constant stream of new teachers. In a report released today, they figure Oakland schools spend at least $12 million a year to that end.
The commission argues that money would be well spent on more closely tracking teacher turnover and on improving teaching conditions. We’ll have a story in tomorrow’s paper that includes an interview with a teacher who’s leaving the district to teach in an Oakland charter school.