Residency & Retention

Blogger Mike Antonucci wonders why the big NCTAF report on teacher retention leaves out one key factor -- residency requirements:  "The NCTAF researchers analyzed
59 variables that may affect teacher turnover, including age,
race/ethnicity, experience, grade level, salary, enrollment, student
poverty, and student academic performance," says Atonucci (Teacher Turnover Study Examines 59 Variables, Misses One).  "How strange, then,
that the report doesn't mention one critical factor in teacher turnover
that is very rare, but exists in both Chicago and Milwaukee - a
residency requirement for teachers."  He argues that researchers would have found some impact, most probably a higher rate of attrition in cities with residency requirements.  What do you think?

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