Charter Schools and the Teacher Job Search

Marisa Cannata, National Center on School Choice, Vanderbilt University
1 Jul, 2010

This July 2010 report from the National Center on School Choice surveyed graduates of teacher education programs in Michigan to determine how new teachers perceive applying to charter schools in their job search. Among its findings:

  • Most prospective teachers avoided charter schools altogether or included them in job searches only if positions in traditional public schools were not available. For many prospective teachers, charter schools were unfamiliar places and not considered an option.
  • Teachers who attended colleges that authorized charter schools or lived in communities with charter schools were more likely to apply to teach in one.
  • Many prospective teachers were confused about whether charter schools are public or private entities, citing a commitment to public education as a reason not to apply.
  • Teachers who wound up working in charter schools made less money -- about $4,300 less than their peers in public schools -- and had lower levels of satisfaction. Half said they planned to apply for another teaching job by the end of the school year.

The full report can be downloaded at the link above, or click here for a research brief.