Why are the stayers staying with “No Excuses” Charter Management Organizations (CMOs)? : a qualitative study on teacher retention at “No Excuses” CMOs
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Teacher retention at “No Excuses” Charter Management Organizations (NECMOs) lags behind traditional and public charter schools. This study focused on three NECMO schools in a Texas urban area with higher than normal teacher retention rates. Nine teacher “stayers” with at least three years of experience at their specific school were interviewed as well as six administrators. Key findings were that teacher stayers at these schools made their decision to stay or leave their school based on the quality of their direct managers, e.g. assistant principal, the caliber of their relationship with their colleagues on their teaching team, the short- and long-term relationships they developed with students, opportunities to engage in leadership roles, and their commute to work. Policy implications include a focus on these social constructs over other teacher retention initiatives and a review of the effectiveness of Teacher Career Pathway programs on teacher retention.