440 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
May 30, 2012
Dear members of the School Reform Commission,
Another major aspect of wasteful budgeting in the School District is all the movement, or “churn,” of teachers throughout the city. Not only does a consistent teacher in a building help with the long term of student education, it is also more cost effective.
I have seen it myself over the past three years when I have been transferred from my position and had to seek out a new school at which to work. Instead of focusing my energies on my students, I had to determine where I would be in the coming year. Each interview took time away from my students and potentially required spending money on a substitute teacher so that I could run a demonstration lesson or other requirement for the job.
I have heard stories of teachers finding out on the last day of work that they are being transferred. This unprofessional attitude may (and often does) lead them to remove themselves from the profession entirely instead of dealing with the chaos that ensues. We lose many high quality teachers that way.
I urge you to take a closer look at what is happening in schools and imagine a world where teachers have consistency with their students and lessons so that they can work in a professional manner and build a brighter future with their students.
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