Teacher retention, and satisfaction, in Baltimore County
My story today takes a look at the debate about teacher retention in Baltimore County – and whether it is, in fact, a problem.
The subject caught my attention during the last county board meeting, when school officials presented a preliminary analysis of the TELL Maryland survey, the anonymous state questionnaire that teachers and other certified, school-based employees were invited to take earlier this year.
Both Tom Rhoades, the district’s executive director for research, accountability and assessment, and the superintendent emphasized that the survey’s results clearly show that teachers are staying in the county – and are happy to be working there, contrary to claims that they are fleeing to other districts for higher pay and better support. It was clear those comments were aimed at Cheryl Bost, the president of TABCO, who has often said compensation is a factor in losing teachers.
The discussion will probably continue next week, as a presentation on staffing trends is expected at the school board’s meeting. And I suspect Bost may have a thing or two to say when she gets a chance to speak during that session.
But back to the TELL survey…for those who did take it, what did you think? Will the governor’s goal of hearing directly from you result in actual changes in your schools?