# of resignations
Friday, June 19, 2015
Resignations up 40 percent under Brennan at First Coast (rough draft)
First I want to thank the super and district for sending me the chart below. I know it can't always be easy for them to deal with me as I can be critical, something that the Times Union never seems to do. That being said, I have commented numerous times about what I called incredible teacher attrition at First Coast under Brennan and if I have something wrong I think it's important that I own it and inform people as best as I can.
There are a lot of ways you can look at above. First one could argue that in 10-11 and 11-12 the economy was still in the tank and people were unlikely to leave. I think that's a problem too as more as more teachers with options are leaving. We are on the cusp of a massive teacher shortage unless we change the way we do things and not just at FC.
Then there is just looking at the raw numbers which say that during the two years before Brennan 30 teachers total resigned and since he has been there that number jumped 40 percent to 42. It's hard to get around that. If a school improved 40 percent I don't think the district would complain about it.
Above however just gives us a snapshot but it doesn't tell the entire story and that's why I have also asked the district to give me the enrollment at FC as well as the number of transfers and retirements over the last five years too. I suspect like resignations those numbers will be bigger under Brennan as well but right now I can't say definitively.
However regardless of what the numbers ultimately show us about teacher attrition at FC perhaps the most important number is 250 as in the 250 community members and parents who showed up this past Tuesday to a meeting and who almost universally wanted Brennan to go.
Watch this space.