Charter school growth means fewer public school teaching jobs

Jul 27, 2015 by

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Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho likes to say the county doesn’t lay off teachers to balance its budget.

But that doesn’t mean the teaching ranks haven’t thinned in Miami-Dade’s public schools. The district estimates it will hire 425 less instructional staff next year, according to its latest budget projections.

Where have all the teachers gone?

Charter schools, mostly. Union officials also expect a higher-than average wave of retirees this year, though the district disputes that.

“Where my kids go, we’ve lost some teachers, definitely,” said Miami-Dade PTA President Joe Gebara.

Charter school enrollment in Miami-Dade has gobbled up a larger share of students every year for the last decade. In the upcoming school year, enrollment is expected to top 60,000 students — a 7 percent increase over last year. But the explosive growth is actually cooling a bit: last year’s jump was a higher-than average 12 percent.

Source: Charter school growth means fewer public school teaching jobs in Miami-Dade | Miami Herald

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