Seventy-one percent of charter school leaders say they plan to leave their schools within five years, raising questions about the stability of the culture of those schools, according to a report released last month by the Center on Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington.This study of charter school attrition rates for school leaders comes on top of a study released this summer that revealed teacher attrition rates at charter schools are double the rates at traditional public schools.
The rate of turnover of leadership is based on a 2007 survey, which had 400 respondents who were charter school leaders in six states.
Some education reform advocates and charter school proponents like to say that the people leaving these schools are bad teachers and principals, so the high rate of attrition is actually a sign of quality, not a sign of weakness.
Or perhaps the 60-70 hour /6 day work week isn't healthy for individuals or sustainable for institutions?
Of course, since this is the culture charter schools and education reform advocates are trying to promote all across this country, maybe we will all be doing 70 hour/6 day work weeks soon.
Welcome to the machine.