HOT BLAST: A brief time in the classroom
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Students Linnea Phil and Maggie Chambers carry ice to the classroom of first-grade teacher Tani Langree during the first day of school Monday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Glen Stubbe)
Students Linnea Phil and Maggie Chambers carry ice to the classroom of first-grade teacher Tani Langree during the first day of school Monday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Glen Stubbe)
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The New York Times profiles a 24-year-old teacher who after three years in the classroom is looking for a change, applying to move into administration. Per the article:

As tens of millions of pupils across the country begin their school year, charter networks are developing what amounts to a youth cult in which teaching for two to five years is seen as acceptable and, at times, even desirable. Teachers in the nation’s traditional public schools have an average of close to 14 years of experience, and public school leaders and policy makers have long made it a priority to reduce teacher turnover.

But with teachers confronting the overhaul of evaluations and tenure as well as looming changes in pension benefits, the small but rapidly growing charter school movement — with schools that are publicly financed but privately operated — is pushing to redefine the arc of a teaching career.

On the other hand:

Teachers’ unions and others in the traditional education establishment argue that charter schools are driving teachers away with longer hours and school years, as well as higher workplace demands.

 

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