Today the New York Times reports that charter school teachers are younger, on average, than traditional school teachers. While charter school teachers have an average of two to five years experience, teachers in traditional schools have close to an average of 14 years experience.
Charter schools see the youth of their teachers as a desirable quality.
It is not surprising the charter school model attracts younger, more energetic teachers. The charter school model allows young teachers to think outside the box and to try out their new ideas. As a result, many of the most exciting innovations in public education today are happening in charter schools.
This report is a part of Washington Policy Center’s I-1240 Follow-Up Project.