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Yesterday, John-John posed the question of what happens to teachers who quit their jobs.

Today, I flip things around a bit and ask: How can school systems prevent teachers from quitting?

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Thanks to InsideEd reader Bill for alerting me to this new blog of a city middle school teacher. On the most recent entry, the teacher -- who says he has a masters degree in education from Stanford -- posts a letter he wrote to Dr. Alonso posing this question: "Why should I stay and teach here in Baltimore City?" He says he loves his students, but that teachers' work is undermined by incompetent administration. Check out the blog for more details (plus interesting commentary in an earlier entry about Teach for America).

Meanwhile, the Baltimore Teachers Union and the city school system are back in arbitration this week trying to break the impasse in contract negotiations. The result of the contract dispute could influence whether some teachers stay or go.

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