Eye on Education

In Reynoldsburg, More Teachers Than Usual Made An Exit in 2014.

Contention over salary terms and working conditions are being blamed in part for an unusually high teacher turnover rate this year in Reynoldsburg, in Central Ohio. The Columbus Dispatch reports the district lost nearly one in five teachers at the end of the 2013-2014 fiscal year, nearly twice the rate of turnover the previous year. And a higher percentage of teachers left voluntarily, most taking jobs in other districts. The teachers union says teachers are leaving partly because of a controversial contract proposal to make annual salary increases based on performance measures rather than automatic, but class sizes and other working conditions are also at issue. .

The recent teacher turnover in central Ohio districts is on par with national trends – except in Reynoldsburg, where the school board and teachers union are in the middle of a contentious contract battle. At almost 19 percent, the 7,000-student district had the highest teacher-turnover rate among area districts that reported last year’s numbers to The Dispatch.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

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