Money isn’t the main motivator for teachers who switch schools or quit teaching, says an Education Next article based on Texas data. It’s working conditions. Teachers prefer suburban schools with higher-achieving students who are easier to teach.
. . . teachers transfer from one school to another — or exit the Texas public school system altogether — more as a reaction to the characteristics of their students than in response to better salaries in other schools. This tends to leave disadvantaged, low-achieving students with relatively inexperienced teachers. Because teachers appear so unresponsive to salary levels, it would take enormous across-the-board increases to stem these flows.
Improving working conditions and pay at inner-city schools might keep teachers on the job longer, the authors write.