More than six million California children returned to school this fall, but about 25,000 of their teachers likely will not return next year if recent attrition trends hold.
Nearly every U.S. president since Harry Truman has proposed teacher recruitment plans. State leaders have introduced countless programs as well, including California Govenor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who recently proposed spending $130 million on teacher recruitment. Yet those efforts largely miss the mark because the core problem isn’t teacher recruitment. It’s teacher retention.