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The Equity Projection


I wonder about the student attrition rate at this school. Do test scores go up because poor test takers leave?

It shouldn't be surprising that there is such a high attrition rate given the bigger workload. Financial compensation for the time and work is great, but it can't replace time taken away from teachers' families, or from other aspects of life outside school that teachers need too. Everyone suffers when there's not enough "down time." There is a reason that there are other staff members to take on many of these responsibilities in traditional public schools. That isn't to invalidate the entire experiment - but it's definitely a point to bear in mind before anyone goes rushing off to try this in their school. If teacher longevity and staff consistency are valued, this approach might be more likely to fail at least some of the kids and schools it's trying to improve.


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