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The Effect of Louisiana Tenure Reform on Teacher Attrition

Nathan Barrett

Date & Time
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
12:00–1:00 pm
1555 Poydras Street, Suite 700
Conference Room #760
New Orleans Louisiana

The last decade has been a time of tumult in teacher employment policies. With the increased use of high-stakes teacher evaluation policies, attention has turned to the use of evaluations in decisions regarding teacher compensation, promotion, and even retention. Louisiana, and New Orleans in particular, have contributed to this trend.

In 2012, Louisiana eliminated teacher tenure for new teachers and replaced the lifetime teaching credential with a five-year license dependent on ratings of teacher effectiveness. Teachers throughout the state now have no permanent tenure rights and can be terminated for poor performance. In New Orleans, these state laws apply in a context where most teachers are employed through at-will contracts with charter management organizations.

This presentation will examine how the removal of tenure protections affected the teacher workforce in New Orleans and Louisiana. Did the elimination of tenure lead certain types of teachers to exit teaching? Did New Orleans’ charter schools also experience the effects of this policy change? Policy implications for charter schools, traditional school districts, and other states will be discussed.

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