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
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11852, Date Accessed: 11/21/2019 6:24:10 AM

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