School construction, new technology, updated learning resources—these are all recognized, continuing costs for schools. According to Richard Ingersoll from the University of Pennsylvania, districts should add increased teacher turnover to their balance sheets. In an interview with NPR, he discusses why teachers leave and how the turnover can cost districts up to $2.2 billion a year.
Ingersoll’s studies show that while money is an issue, the main reason teachers leave is lack of control over the issues affecting their jobs. “I’ve worked with these data a lot going back last couple of decades,” Ingersoll said to NPR. “Where nationally, large samples of teachers are asked, ‘How much say does the faculty collectively have?’ And, ‘How much leeway do you have in your classroom over a series of issues?’ It turns out both levels are really important for decisions whether to stay or to part. And what’s interesting about this finding [is that] this would not cost money to fix. This is an issue of management.”
Read Richard Ingersoll’s interview with Owen Phillips, “Revolving Door Of Teachers Costs Schools Billions Every Year,” at NPR.