Kristel Foster very wrong about TUSD teacher vacancies, so was Sedgwick
The video above contains the relevant excerpts from the TUSD candidate forum referenced below.
Ms. Foster’s claim at the Thursday board candidate forum about the number of teacher vacancies in TUSD and Sunnyside is just one of several outrageous statements.
Ms. Sedgewick claimed she had counted TUSD’s teacher vacancies Wednesday night and got 110.
That is also impossible.
I counted vacancies 6 days earlier and got 158. The vacancies would not have gone from 158 to 110 and then back up to 155 Thursday night.
It’s disconcerting to have Board candidates who are not scrupulous about their statements.
Thursday night, TUSD has 155 teacher vacancies and Sunnyside has 35. I’ve attached the listings for both districts. For the TUSD listings, I only counted jobs that were teachers.. The other positions on the listing weren’t counted. Neither the two vacant librarian positions, nor the various specialists were included
For Sunnyside, I also only counted the teaching positions. None of the other positions, therapists, coaches, etc. were counted.
TUSD is 2.8 times larger than Sunnyside. If Sunnyside were the same size as TUSD, Sunnyside would have 98 teacher vacancies versus the 155 TUSD has. (2.8 x 35 = 98.0) If Sunnyside and TUSD were the same size, TUSD would have 58% more vacancies than Sunnyside.
In September and October 2015, when I recorded teacher vacancies for the local Tucson school districts and the other 9 large Arizona school districts, Sunnyside had an extremely high number of vacancies compared to the other school districts adjusted to be TUSD’s size. Last Fall, TUSD was the only school district worse than Sunnyside. TUSD’s teacher vacancies was much worse than Sunnyside, just as it is this year, even after adjusting for the differences in the districts’ sizes.
TUSD’s massive numbers of teacher vacancies are undoubtedly caused by the massive loss of teachers from TUSD. For the last three years, TUSD has lost over 400 teachers every year. The extremely high losses of teachers are dominated by resignations of experienced teachers.
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