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dc.contributor.authorFoster, Allison Bennetten_US

In America urban school systems have encountered difficulties retaining teachers. The ramification of teacher attrition is that the neediest students are often taught by those with the least educational experience.

The purpose of this study was to determine the implications of Virginia teacher licensure regulations on teacher retention in Lighthouse City Public Schools. The study addressed four research questions: 1) â What factors influence the retention of teachers in Lighthouse City Public Schools? 2) Is it possible to predict demographically by race, gender, age, grade level of teaching assignment or licensure preparation program which groups or sub-groups of people are more likely or less likely to leave a school system? 3) Does the licensure preparation program influence retention? 4) Were the Virginia licensure requirements the reasons cited for the departure of teachers in 2004, 2005, and 2006? The research focused an urban school system in southeastern Virginia with approximately 33,000 students. The population was 361 teachers hired for the 2003 school year. A researcher developed survey was electronically mailed to the still employed teachers, and a mailed survey was sent to all the teachers who had left the school system.

A multiple regression was performed on the demographic data to try to predict teacher retention or attrition. The results of the multiple regression indicated that statistically (p<.01) only the variable of licensure could be a predictor of retention. All of the survey respondents agreed that a strong principal was the key to retention.

Urban school systems are challenged by local standards, state standards, and No Child Left Behind mandates, and compounding the difficulties is on-going teacher loss. It is imperative that school system leaders provide new teacher support and time for the inexperienced to learn how to become excellent. Teachers are not expendable; students are at stake.

dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.subjectteacher retentionen_US
dc.subjectteacher supply and demanden_US
dc.subjectrequirements for teacher licensureen_US
dc.subjectteacher attritionen_US
dc.titleThe Implications of Virginia Licensure Regulations on Teacher Retention in Lighthouse City Public Schoolsen_US
dc.contributor.departmentEducational Leadership and Policy Studiesen_US Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairTwiford, Travis W.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberStamm, Neil A.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberRoberts, James T.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberSalmon, Richard G.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberNiles, Jerome A.en_US

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