Asia: One reason America can’t afford to jettison good teachers

By Janet Raloff, 15:54 PM June 17, 2009

I just listened to a disturbing news story on National Public Radio, this morning, about how budget cuts may force a Los Angeles middle school to fire half of its teachers. The riffed staff — reported to be mostly young, passionate and well educated — will be replaced with more senior teachers who had initially turned down a chance to teach at this innovative start-up (but who will now come anyway after losing their jobs at other LA. schools).

One anecdote that pointed to the school’s inven...

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