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Teacher turnover reflects larger problems in RPS

February 5, 2014 8:56 am by

I was approached a few weeks back by Chelsea Rarrick, a WTVR reporter digging into teacher frustration and turnover in Richmond Public Schools (and particularly MLK).

She had collected data from RPS and Chesterfield Public Schools on teacher turnover by year by middle school. Not surprisingly, the retention rate at RPS schools is much worse than at the county schools.

None of the teachers who are still in the system wanted to be on camera, so I did this interview. I’m so uncomfortable seeing myself central to a story or on the TV, but it felt like an opportunity to stand up for the team.

There are some incredibly inspirational people working in our neighborhood schools. The career teachers who have been at the schools in the East End for years and decades amaze me, and deserve more support and recognition than they’ll ever receive.


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