Undervalued Teachers


“People talk about accountability, measurements, tenure, test scores and pay for performance. These questions are worthy of debate, but are secondary to recruiting and training teachers and treating them fairly. There is no silver bullet that will fix every last school in America, but until we solve the problem of teacher turnover, we don’t have a chance.”

Dave Eggers and Nínive Calegari, cofounders of 826 Valencia, wrote an op-ed on the dire state of the teaching profession as evidenced by their dwindling salaries, high professional turnover and the need to recruit the next generation of teachers.

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