Key Areas of Work
Two years after schools first closed for the Covid-19 pandemic and three years after the state takeover, teacher retention rates in the Providence Public School District have dipped but remain higher than other comparable urban districts.
Over the next two years, school districts across the country will be receiving an unprecedented influx of short-term funding. Decision-makers may experience a natural tendency to use these stimulus dollars for one-time expenses such as instructional materials and educational technology.
Despite more positions to fill and higher-than-usual retirement numbers during the pandemic, PPSD hired earlier across the spring of 2020 and significantly reduced vacancies by the start of the school year.
Every year, far too many students across the country begin school without a permanent teacher in place in their classroom. These teacher vacancies arise for many reasons – schools do not complete their hiring on time, teachers resign late in the summer, and new positions arise at the last minute.