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The Best of Our Knowledge # 892

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Albany, NY – TEACHER TURNOVER PRICE TAG PUT AT 7-BILLION DOLLARS -
Over 7-BILLION dollars. That's the price tag a new report puts on
teacher turnover. The study comes from the National Commission on
Teaching and America's Future, or NCTAF. The Washington-based
commission says despite those staggering costs, virtually no school
district has systems to track or control teacher churn. The NCTAF
report says, even worse, it's the high-risk schools that are recruiting
and replacing teachers all the time, so students there don't get the
benefit of a stable, experienced teacher workforce. Dr. Tom Carroll
is President of the National Commission on Teaching and America's
Future. His goal is to raise standards for teaching and learning, improve professional development, and restructure school environments so the
needs of all students are met. TBOOK spoke with Dr. Carroll about the
current brain drain in the teaching profession, and what can be done
to reverse this costly trend.
Jim Horne reports. (8:01)

TEACHER VACANCY SIGNS -
As we heard in our first story above, high teacher turnover can cost
school systems huge amounts of money. This new school year is
still young, yet most schools still have vacancy signs lit. And help
wanted ads are still running in the classified ads. For an example
of what's happening in the nation, TBOOK looks at the Springfield
public schools in Massachusetts.
Paul Tuthill reports. (3:43)

BERLIN'S UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS -
Germany has long been a center of electronic music. So it should
not be surprising that Berlin's University of the Arts has just opened
a new degree course in Sound Studies. It's a course of instruction
that concentrates on all things in the audio realm. Berlin resident,
and independent producer for Radio Netherlands, Cinnamon Nippard,
went for a listen.
Cinnamon Nippard reports. (5:27)