Teacher Labor Markets & Teacher Policy

Teacher Labor Markets & Teacher Policy Overview

Extant research has shown that teachers are the single most important resource in a child’s education. However, research also shows that teachers are distributed inequitably among districts and schools; many of the highest-need students have no access to some of the best teachers. At CEG, we have undertaken research projects that intend to inform the strategies districts use to attract and retain teachers in hard-to-staff schools. Our work in this area focuses on district compensation policies that may impact teacher recruitment, retention and distribution. Our research involves public schools that are part of the district system, as well as charter schools and charter management organizations that have enhanced decision-making authority to develop innovative ways to attract and retain highly effective teachers.

CEG research examines the strategies that school districts, charter schools and charter management organizations use to attract and retain teachers in hard-to-staff schools. Our work in this area utilizes both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

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