Friday September 28, 2012
Marisa Cannata of Vanderbilt University has conducted an analysis of the federal Schools and Staffing Survey to see what sorts of teachers choose to work at public, charter, and private schools, and what sorts of conditions they find there. Sean Cavanagh highlights some of the findings in his recent Education Week blog post. Cannata found that public and private school teachers tend to have significantly more experience than teachers in charter schools, while charter school teachers find themselves working with larger classes and for longer hours. Private schools win out for the shortest work week and smallest class size. Also, private school teachers are more likely than public and charter school teachers to come from highly-selective universities, with charters coming in second. While these findings may not be surprising, it is interesting to think about the sorts of environments our residency-trained teachers find themselves in, as well as where they themselves come from comparatively. Cannata’s analysis can be found in the book Exploring the School Choice Universe.
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