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The Cost of Education Verses the Cost of Incarceration

I give presentations at Chambers of Commerce, Rotaries, etc. Frequently, the business and political people at these meetings cite the cost of education.

Someone should explain to me why we measure the cost of education but not the cost of incarceration? According to the New York Times, inn  20113, NYS spent $11,072 in districts in the 10 percentile and $21,135 in districts in the 90th  percentile. But the cost of incarceration in NYS in 2013  was $60,000. According to NewYorkupstate.com was $69,355 per prisoner, per year. or nearly 3 times more than the cost of education. The budget for NYS per year is $3,688,356,319. Research indicates that 80 percent of prisoners are school dropouts and the recidivism rate is 80 percent. So education is not expensive – ignorance is!

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Enrollment in Teacher Preparation Programs Falls Precipitously

An article in Education Week, (December 3, 2019) written by Madeline Will, states that a new report from the Center for American Progress, shows enrollment in teacher-preparation programs has dropped by a third from 2010 to 2018. Some states are seeing steep declines of more than 50 percent. And the number of black and Hispanic teacher-candidates enrolled in teacher preparation dropped by a quarter over that eight-year time period. Nationally, there has been a 26.46% drop in African American enrollment in teacher preparation programs (2010-2018).

A national poll from the Center for American Progress found that 55 percent of teachers wouldn’t want their children to follow in their footsteps, and half say they’re so unhappy with their jobs that they have seriously considered leaving the profession. The same report found that there was a 28 percent decline in students completing teacher-preparation programs during this eight-year time period.

Special education programs saw a 14 percent decline, programs that prepared candidates to teach science, technology, engineering, and mathematics saw a 22 percent decline, and elementary education programs saw a 29 percent decline.

Only five states saw a growth in students enrolling in teacher preparation programs from 2010 to 2018: Utah, Arizona, Washington, Texas, and Nevada. Nine states—Oklahoma, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Illinois, Idaho, Indiana, New Mexico, and Rhode Island—have seen enrollment decline by 50 percent or more from 2010 to 2018. In the most severe example, Oklahoma’s teacher-preparation programs saw an 80 percent drop.  Oklahoma had the steepest enrollment declines—a 91 percent decrease for men, and a 79 percent decrease for women. Oklahoma has struggled to recruit and retain teachers. Neighboring states like Texas have lured teachers over the border with significantly higher salaries. More than 2,000 emergency certified teachers were hired in Oklahoma this year—meaning they have a bachelor’s degree, but no background or course work in the content area they’re teaching.

Schools are incapable of producing high achieving graduates without having highly effective educators in classrooms and administration offices. My latest book, Who Will Teach The Children? Recruiting Retaining & Refreshing Highly Effective Educators not only addresses the problem but also provides solutions to the problem.

 

 

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Presentations At the Educating Children of Color Conference

I am honored to be asked to deliver two workshops at the Educating Children of Color Summit on January 18, 2020 2 the Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO.

The first workshop will be based on my new book, Who Will Teach The Children? Recruiting, Retaining & Refreshing Highly Effective Educators. The season workshop will be Engaging Families & Students – A Key To Educational Success.

Hope to see you there.

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Are the age of America’s Schools Encouraging Teachers to Leave?

Are the age of America’s Schools Encouraging Teachers to Leave?

According to research, forty-four (44) percent of all classroom teachers leave within five years. They are leaving almost as quickly as Schools of Education are graduating them. How much of a role do poor working conditions contribute to the educational exodus? Could it be that teacher prefer not to work in buildings that are too old, non-air conditioned, have floors which are collapsing, have water pipes where the water is full of contaminants, are not properly heated?

According to the Educational Writers Association, “in 1989, nearly half of the school building in America were obsolete and contained environmental hazards. In President Clinton’s 1997 State of the Union Address, he stated, “ We cannot expect our children to raise themselves up in schools that are literally falling down….This has now become a serious national concern.’

Data from the Fast Response Survey System (FRSS) conducted by the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), stated that in 1998, the average school building was built in 1956- 63 years ago. About 28 percent of the schools in the  country were built before 1950 and 45 percent of all public schools were built between 1950 and 1969.  The oldest schools are in the Northeast or Central regions of the country. America’s oldest schools serve a higher percentage of children living in poverty with children eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.

My new book, Who Will Teach the Children? Recruiting, Retaining & Refreshing Highly Effective Educators addresses why teachers are leaving and proposes solutions to stop the educational exodus.

 

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Importing Foreign Teachers

There are 100,000 teacher vacancies in the United States.

CBS TV reported (October 30, 2019) that there were 14,444 teacher vacancies in Tucson, Arizona.  In order to fill the vacancies, the Arizona Department of Education has been importing international teachers. As of now, there are 3,250 foreign teachers in the U.S., up 50 percent since 2014.

A foreign teacher employed in Arizona must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and must obtain a visa. Many foreign teachers take the job and send money back to family in their home country.

My new  book, Who Will Teach The Children? Recruiting, Retaining & Refreshing Highly Effective Educatorsaddresses the problem and proposes a number of solutions.

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Cities Where It Is Too Expensive For Educators To Live

USA Today printed an article (October 19, 2019) entitled, San Francisco is losing residents because it’s too expensive for nearly everyone. The article continued by stating that the “median home price of $1.4 Million, also $5-a gallon gas, private schools priced like universities and restaurants that cost nearly double the national average.” People are leaving San Francisco because it is too expensive to live there. The flight of the middle class has left the poor, the homeless and the rich. “In the Bay area, (according to the USA Today article) median household income is around $100,000. It is interesting that according to glassdoor.com, teachers in San Francisco earn between $42,900 to $77.1 per year resulting that teachers who work there must travel between 1-1 ½ hours each way.

But San Francisco is not the only city where the teachers who work there cannot live there. I have looked at a number of cities where teacher salaries mean that teachers cannot live in the places where they work>

  • Seattle: Median home price $580,000 Teacher salary: $36.100 – $64, 6OO
  • Denver: Median home price $425,000 Teacher salary: $32,400 – $$57,700
  • Los Angeles Median home price $632,000 Teacher salary: $45,500 – $72,300
  • Phoenix Median home price $280,000 Teacher salary: $28,300 – $50,200

Lack of affordable housing could jeopardize attracting highly educated workers looking for good schools for their children.

My book, Who Will Teach The Children? Recruiting, Retaining & Refreshing Highly Effective Educators proposes a number of solutions to this problem.

 

 

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Close-It Conference Reviews

I delivered a workshop based on my new book, Who Will Teach the Children? Recruiting, Retaining, & Refreshing Highly Effective Educators at the Close-It Conference in Santa Fe, NM.

Here are some of the comments from the workshop attendees:

Excellent compilation and analysis of recent studies on teacher attrition. R. Nance, Ph.D. Student University of New Mexico.

The best thing about the presentation was his honesty & knowledge. J.Serino, Lake County IL government

Franklin presented a factual, experiential basis of the presentation of facts.

Franklin’s passion to improve the educational system. I think he covered so much in the time that he had.

He presented a clear statement of the problem with multiple options for solutions.

 

 

 

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#1 Best Selling New Release in Academic Development Counseling

I have been notified by Amazon that my new book, Who Will Teach The Children? Recruiting, Retaining & Refreshing became  the #1 bestselling book in Academic Development Counseling on October 16, 2019. The book identifies the problem of teachers and school administrators leaving the field. Forty-four percent of classroom teachers leave the classroom within 5 years. The professional life expectancy of school administrators is 3 years except in rural areas, high poverty and high minority areas where it is 18 months. They are leaving the field almost as quickly as schools of education are preparing them.

The book has broken the top 100 in Teacher and Student Mentoring books (#30) and number 70 in Experimental Education Methods Books and #52 in Academic Counseling.

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Article from the Akribos Group about Who Will Teach The Children? Recruiting, Retaining and Refreshing Highly Effective Educators book

Who Will Teach The Children? Recruiting, Retaining and Refreshing Highly Effective Educators

The Akribos Group is pleased to announce the publication of a new book, authored by Franklin P.  Schargel,  entitled  Who Will Teach the Children? Recruiting, Retaining and Refreshing Highly Effective Educators. In his latest  book, Franklin sounds the alarm about this impending national crisis and  answers some critical questions. He is an internationally recognized expert, keynote presenter, and training specialist on school dropout prevention and serves as a Professional Associate for The Akribos Group.

About the Book
Much Anticipated Book Addresses America’s Next Educational Crisis

The rate of teacher attrition may soon leave America’s classrooms without enough teachers or school principals.

Forty-four percent of classroom teachers are leaving the educational field in five years. They are leaving almost as quickly as Colleges of Education are graduating them. The professional life expectancy of school administrators is three years, except in inner-cities, in low-performing, minority or rural schools – where it is 18 months.

If we wish to slow the educational exodus, we need to do three things:

1. Actively recruit new applicants to teaching.

2. Retain the existing staff people

3. Refreshing the skills and knowledge of those people already in schools.

How do we replace the hardworking, experienced teachers and school administrators who are currently working in our schools? If we wish to have high-performing school graduates we need to have highly effective educators. The United States cannot continue to thrive in the twenty-first century without a well-educated, well trained workforce which can only be achieved by having a well-paid, well-trained workforce.

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Book is Now Available at the Kindle Store

My new book Who Will Teach the Children? Recruiting, Retaining & Refreshing Highly Effective Educators is now available at the Kindle Store.

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Franklin+Schargel&rh=n%3A154606011&ref=bnav_search_go

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