The impact of House Bill 210 on teacher retention in Georgia
Vedder, Virin Kent
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This study sought to determine the impact of a bill passed by the Georgia legislature that was intended to recruit and retain retired veteran educators in Georgia’s lowest achieving schools on a full-time basis. The legislation provided retirees with financial incentives not offered before its passage. The study attempted to identify factors that these educators used to evaluate whether or not they would take advantage of the bill. The data for this study were collected from a survey sent to all educators in the state’s largest public school system who met the eligibility provisions of the legislation. Just over 100 people were sent questionnaires and the response rate was 64%. The following conclusions were supported by the results of this study: 1. The legislation, as passed, is not attracting many retirees to full-time employment in challenging schools. 2. Those teachers attracted back to full-time work by the legislation are drawn back to the classroom due to the financial rewards offered and the opportunities to work with at-risk students. 3. Most retirees who return to positions in schools do so on a part-time basis at schools of their choosing because they prefer the flexibility this arrangement offers as well as the opportunity it gives them to continue to do something with which they are familiar and enjoy. 4. If the legislation were changed to allow all types of educators (not just classroom teachers) to return to full-time employment at any school with the same financial advantages protected by the current legislation, approximately half of all retirees would have some interest in pursuing full-time employment.
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