Request for state-level data on teacher employment for school years 2003-04 through 2017-18

Elc Estrera filed this request with the Department of Education of Arkansas.
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From: Elc Estrera


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

The number of teachers in the state for each school year 2003-04 through 2017-18 meeting the following criteria:

(1) The number of full-time first-year K-12 public school teachers holding any degree (with or without a teaching certificate), and of these teachers the number no longer in full-time instructional roles in a K-12 public school in the state at the start of the following school year.
(2) The same information as in (1) above but for full-time first-year K-12 public school teachers holding a master's degree (with or without a teaching certificate).
(3) The same information as in (1) above but for full-time first-year K-12 public school teachers holding a bachelor's degree (with a teaching certificate).
(4) The same information as in (1) above but for full-time first-year K-12 public school teachers holding a bachelor's degree (with no teaching certificate).

(5) The same information as in (1) above but for full-time K-12 public school teachers with a bachelor's degree and 2 years of teaching experience (with or without a teaching certificate).
(6) The same information as in (1) above but for full-time K-12 public school teachers with a master's degree and 2 years of teaching experience (with or without a teaching certificate).

(7) The same information as in (1) above but for full-time K-12 public school teachers with a bachelor's degree and 5 years of teaching experience (with or without a teaching certificate).
(8) The same information as in (1) above but for full-time K-12 public school teachers with a master's degree and 5 years of teaching experience (with or without a teaching certificate).

Terms to clarify:
(a) A first-year teacher is one who at the time of hire has 0 years of prior teaching experience.
(b) A teacher ``no longer in a full-time instructional role'' includes, for example, anyone: (a) not working in a K-12 public school in an instructional capacity, (b) working in the field of education but not as a regular K-12 classroom teacher, or (c) holding a different occupational status.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Elc Estrera

From: Muckrock Staff

To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following request, copied below. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Muckrock Staff

To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following request, copied below. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Department of Education

Dear Elc,

Good afternoon! I *thought* this request seemed familiar, so I looked back through my notes and actually found the ones I made after our conversation on February 13. On that date we discussed you making a data request through our ADE Data Center https://adedata.arkansas.gov/drra/

The information you request is less a FOIA than a data request. The distinction matters because a FOIA is for documents we already have, and it does not require us to create documents. This is not laziness, I promise! Research requests such as these should be considered by our data center because they are set up to collect information and generate reports. I cannot promise anyone in our agency has access to all the particular information you seek.

When we spoke in February I believe (again, this is what I jotted down in my notes) you looked up the link above while we were on the phone. Did you make a request through the data center at that time? If so, have you received any response (even an acknowledgement your request )? If you made the request and haven't heard anything, it's best to call them: 501.682.3890.
Best,

Brittany Kincaid, M.Ed.
Operations Manager-Legal Services
Arkansas Department of Education
4 Capitol Mall, Rm. 301-A
Little Rock, AR 72201

From: Elc Estrera

Hi Brittany,

Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it. I will follow up with them.

Sincerely,
Elc Estrera

From: Department of Education

You're quite welcome!

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