Report: High poverty districts bear the brunt of the teacher turnover in Michigan

By: | May 19, 2021

Teacher turnover has battered Michigan school districts, particularly those with higher populations of students of color and low-income students, according to a new report from The Education Trust-Midwest.

The report citing teacher turnover data from a recent Chalkbeat Detroit analysis and interviews with education leaders in Michigan, blames some of the hiring issues schools have on state funding inequities. Ultimately, the turnover harms students, school leaders from across the state say.

“The single greatest factor in increasing student achievement is the quality of the teacher in the classroom,” Kimberly Carter, superintendent of the Battle Creek School District, said. “In high poverty districts with the high turnover rate, you have teachers who come in that are less experienced.”

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