Be nice to teachers or they'll go to a charter

Back to blogging on Education Weak, Lisa Snell points to a possible case of competition’s benefits: Los Angeles Unified, worried about losing teachers to local charter schools, chose not to send a single lay-off notice to teachers despite a possible state funding cut. Instead, the district warned 3,000 administrators and managers that they could lose their jobs (but probably won’t) if the budget runs short in September.

California law requires many months of advance notice of teacher layoffs; most districts issue pink slips to many more teachers than they’ll ever lay off, just to be on the safe side.

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  1. Competition seems to work. Now they need to actually fire the superfluous administrators.

  2. The same thing appears to be happening in Houston:

  3. Been happening for a while.

    At least a year ago there was some unhappiness in New Mexico I believe about the hiring away of experienced teachers by charters which, unaccountably, paid better then the districts.

    Then there’s the “$125,000 per teacher” charter in New York. I wonder what kind of a response they got went they went looking for talent?

  4. Perhaps this is the real promise charters (and vouchers) hold. Competition won’t just magically improve the district schools, but it will create increasingly better working conditions for teachers, which will in turn attract and retain more good people.