Of the 10 largest school districts in Texas, Arlington has the widest salary disparity between teachers at schools with a high number of poor and minority students and teachers at schools with a low number of such students, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization reported.The numbers aren't much better in the Dallas and Fort Worth school districts. Knowing this, it shouldn't be too hard to figure out which schools have the higher turnover rates.
An Arlington teacher working at a campus with fewer poor or minority students ispaid an average salary that is $2,700 to $4,700 more than a counterpart whoworks at a campus with many poor and minority students, according to Education Trust,which used 2005-06 statistics from the Texas Education Agency.
If you want to know how costly high teacher turnover rates can be:
The students in these schools depend on us to see to it that they have the best access possible to a decent education. We aren't doing that by throwing hundreds of thousands of dollars out the window in losing teachers to higher salaries.
In Tarrant County, Castleberry and Lake Worth have the two highest turnover rates at 35.7 percent and 30.6 percent, respectively, according to state data for the 2005-06 school year, the most recent available.
The NCTAF’s calculations estimate that Castleberry loses about $450,000 a year and Lake Worth loses about $387,500.
Since 1999, at least one in four teachers leaves the Castleberry school district every year, according to state data.
Castleberry superintendent Gary Jones has said his district, one of the poorest in the state, cannot afford to compete with others in the area to offer higher salaries.
I certainly don't blame teachers for going to where they will get better pay (I would do the same if I were in their shoes), but there has to be a way to diminish this problem without short-changing our students. How do we go about doing that?