The Brown University report on teacher retention and staffing within the Providence Public School District (PPSD) was recently released. Despite the growth of the applicant pool, it remains insufficient to meet the district’s needs, and job vacancies remain a significant challenge for the district. However, the report revealed that teacher retention is higher than at the start of the pandemic, and the percentage increased slightly in 2022. More teachers are leaving the district for other Rhode Island districts than entering from other state districts, which is a shift from previous years. Co-Author John Papay said that transforming education for students requires continuous efforts to attract and retain teachers and provide consistently effective teachers for all classrooms. PPSD Superintendent Dr. Javier Montañez said the district has taken steps to mitigate the staffing issue, such as starting the hiring process early, launching recruitment campaigns, and offering incentives for jobs in high-need areas.

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