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A recent report has found that Baltimore teachers are leaving their jobs due to strained relationships with school leaders. The report, conducted by the Baltimore Education Research Consortium, surveyed 1,000 teachers who quit their jobs between 2019 and 2022.
Strained Relationships with School Leaders
According to the report, over 60% of the teachers who left their jobs cited strained relationships with school leaders as a significant factor in their decision to leave. Many teachers reported feeling unsupported and undervalued by their school leaders, citing a lack of communication and transparency as substantial issues.
The report also found that teachers who reported positive relationships with their school leaders were likelier to stay in their jobs. These teachers reported feeling valued and supported by their leaders, and they cited clear communication and transparency as key factors in their decision to stay.
Other Factors Contributing to Teacher Turnover
While strained relationships with school leaders were cited as the primary reason for teacher turnover, the report also identified other factors contributing to teachers leaving their jobs. These factors included low pay, lack of colleague support, and poor working conditions.
The report found that many teachers who left their jobs did so because they felt they could not effectively teach their students due to a lack of resources and support. These teachers reported feeling overwhelmed and burnt out and cited a lack of professional development opportunities as a significant issue.
Addressing Teacher Turnover in Baltimore
The report’s findings highlight the need for Baltimore to address teacher turnover to ensure that students receive a high-quality education. In response to the report, Baltimore City Schools CEO, Sonja Santelises, has pledged to work with school leaders to improve communication and transparency.
Santelises has also pledged to work with city officials to address the issue of low pay for teachers. She has stated that increasing teacher pay is essential to retaining high-quality teachers in Baltimore.
In addition to addressing these issues, the report recommends that Baltimore schools provide more support for new teachers and increase opportunities for professional development. The report also recommends that schools create a positive culture that values and supports teachers.
The report’s findings highlight the need for Baltimore to address teacher turnover to ensure that students receive a high-quality education. By improving relationships between teachers and school leaders, increasing teacher pay, and providing more support for teachers, Baltimore can work to
retain high-quality teachers and improve the overall quality of education in the city.
It is essential that Baltimore takes action to address these issues, as teacher turnover can significantly impact student achievement. When teachers leave their jobs, students may be left with inexperienced or less qualified teachers, resulting in lower academic performance.
In addition to the impact on students, teacher turnover can also have a significant financial impact on schools. When teachers leave their jobs, schools must spend money recruiting and training new teachers, which can be costly.
Overall, the report’s findings highlight the need for Baltimore to invest in its teachers and improve the working conditions in its schools. By doing so, the city can ensure that its students receive a high-quality education and that its teachers feel valued and supported in their work.