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The latest on teacher vacancies in Oakland

By Katy Murphy
Thursday, August 13th, 2009 at 5:17 pm in OUSD central office, teachers.

Dying to get the latest HR scoop? Well here it is anyway. It’s all based on info I requested from the Oakland school district’s chief services officer, Laura Moran:

Teachers who retired, quit, or who were let go this year: 254
New hires: 270 (includes new posts at schools with additional students or funding)
Vacancies remaining: 14, and half are for core academic (non-prep) positions.

Sixty of the new hires were placed through The New Teacher Project. Of that group, 35 went the traditional credentialing route and have an average of three years of experience; 25 have an alternative credential.

There will also be 37 new teachers from Teach for America, and eight from Teach Tomorrow in Oakland.

That’s all I have for now. Any questions?

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  • Paul

    Yeah, one quick question – what’s the total size of the OUSD teaching force? 254 out of how many?

  • Katy Murphy

    I think there are about 2,000 teachers in Oakland.

  • oaklandmom

    What’s the retention rate for TFA/TTO after their original commitment?

  • Paul

    Looks like more new hires than leavers…What’s going to happen in 2010-2011 when OUSD has to deal with budget cuts? Might this lead to an increase in teacher mobility in next few years? Seems like district officials are quite possibly setting themselves up for organizational problems…

  • Cranky researcher

    There were 2,700 teachers in Oakland in 2007-8 according to Ed-Data. (That might include the roughly 400 charter teachers, or it might not — not clear to me.) So about a 10% turnover rate. This is not bad at all — national averages have been around 15%. But that the vacancies are undoubtedly concentrated in the lowest-performing schools, especially small schools, some of which may have rates of 25-50% from what I hear anecdotally.

  • Katy Murphy

    I think the number for non-charters is actually somewhere in between. In recent years, the school district’s turnover rate has hovered around 14 percent.

    That’s the percentage of teachers leaving the district. It doesn’t include those who leave a school to take another position within OUSD. So you’re right that at some schools, it’s much higher.