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Fix It and They Might Stay: School Facility Quality and Teacher Retention in Washington, D.C.


by Jack Buckley, Mark Schneider & Yi Shang — 2005

The attrition of both new and experienced teachers is a challenge for schools and school administrators throughout the United States, particularly in large urban districts. Because of the importance of this issue, there is a large empirical literature that investigates why teachers quit and how they might be induced to stay. Here we build upon this literature by suggesting another important factor in the teacher decision to stay or leave: the quality of school facilities. We investigate the importance of facility quality using data from a survey of K - 12 public school teachers in Washington, D.C. We find in our sample that facility quality is an important predictor of the decision of teachers to leave their current position, even after controlling for other contributing factors.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 5, 2005, p. 1107-1123
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11852, Date Accessed: 10/1/2014 4:11:42 AM

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  • Jack Buckley
    Boston College
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    JACK BUCKLEY is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education. His major areas of research interest are applied statistics and education policy.
  • Mark Schneider
    SUNY Stony Brook
    MARK SCHNEIDER is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at SUNY Stony Brook. His most recent book, Choosing Schools (Princeton University Press, 2000) won the Policy Studies Organization’s Aaron Wildavsky Award for the best book on public policy in 2000–2001.
  • Yi Shang
    Boston College
    YI SHANG is a graduate student in the Department of Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education. Her major areas of research interest include quantitative methods in social science and educational policy analysis.
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