Request for state-level data on teacher employment for school years 2003-04 through 2017-18 (Georgia Department of Education)

Elc Estrera filed this request with the Georgia Department of Education of Georgia.
Multi Request Request for state-level data on teacher employment for school years 2003-04 through 2017-18
Est. Completion None
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From: Elc Estrera


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Georgia Open Records 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: Georgia Department of Education

I believe this is the same request sent to Levette Williams of the Georgia Department of Education. I am copying the response I sent to that request below. Please let me know if this request is significantly different.

I am writing in response to your open record request received by the Georgia Department of Education ("Department") on February 12, 2019. Specifically, you requested information regarding K-12 public school teachers and their level of education.

The Department estimates that it will take 3.75 hours (not including the first 15 minutes) to provide you with the information responsive to your request. The hourly rate of the lowest-paid employee capable of completing the request is $30.31. Accordingly, the cost to provide the records is $106.09 (3.75 *$30.31). (Note - Teachers who don't have certification are hired through charter schools.)

The Department will not begin working on your request until it receives your written authorization that you will assume the costs outlined above. Due to the current workload of the Department and the amount of time necessary to produce documents responsive to your request, we estimate that it will take 10 business days to produce the documents after receiving your written authorization. Upon receiving your authorization, the Department will send the documents as they become available along with an invoice for the costs associated with your request. The invoice is payable with either check or money order to the Georgia Department of Education.

Regards,

Julie James
Paralegal
Legal Services
Georgia Department of Education
2052 Twin Towers East
205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE
Atlanta, GA 30334
jjames@doe.k12.ga.us<mailto:jjames@doe.k12.ga.us>
(404) 463-0325 - Phone
(404) 657-8376 - Fax
http://www.gadoe.org<http://www.gadoe.org/>
"Educating Georgia's Future"

From: Elc Estrera

Hi Julie,

Thanks for the email/update. I just left you a voicemail too. I'd like to confirm that I clearly described the information I requested. In addition to full-time teachers' education levels, three critical pieces of information are (1) the school years 2003-04 through 2017-18, (2) teacher's years of experience, and (2) whether the teachers continued to teach in a state K-12 public school the following school year. Will that information be included?

Also, it's not clear to me from your response whether the data will be teacher-level or aggregated to the level of the state. Can you please confirm at which of these levels the data will be provided?

Thanks and all the best,

Elc

From: Elc Estrera

Hi Julie,

Pursuant to § 552 (a)(4)(A)(ii)(II) (see here: https://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/14C13354330CBDF285257FB90051476D/$file/14-5039-1614275.pdf), I hereby request a fee waiver, that is, the elimination of the stated fee associated with record provision, $106.09. The reasons for this request of a fee waiver are as follows.

First, I file this request as a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an institution of higher education. As such, fees for the categories Search and Review do not apply.

Second, I will use the requested information for noncommercial purposes.

Finally, the requested information concerns the operations or activities of a government agency (Georgia Department of Education). If disclosed, the requested information is likely to contribute to an understanding of government operations or activities, in particular the retention of individuals in a profession in which annual turnover is considerable. Lastly, disclosure of the requested information will contribute to public understanding.

Regards,

Elc Estrera
(708) 397 6586

From: Georgia Department of Education

Mr. Estera

I forwarded your questions to Data Collections and they provided the following response:

The estimate provided was for state level aggregate numbers for each of the years they asked for (School Year 2004 through School Year 2018) for each of the teacher groups they asked for - i.e. two counts per item per school year - the current-year count and the subset of that count still active as teachers in the following school year. As an example, for the 2018 school year (2017-18):

[1] Total FY2018 K-12 public school teachers (any degree, any certificate status), and then the subset of those teachers who were found active as teachers in public schools in the first personnel count of the FY2019 school year.
[2] The group in item 1 limited to only Master's Degree Teachers with Zero Years of Experience (both the total for the year and the subset found active as teachers in the following year)
[3] The group in item 1 limited to only Bachelor's degree teachers with a proper teaching certificate and with zero years of experience (both total and next-year-still-teaching subset).
[4] The group in item 1 limited to only Bachelor's degree teachers without a proper teaching certificate and with zero years of experience(both total and next-year-still-teaching subset).

[5] The group in item 1 limited to only Master's Degree Teachers with 2 Years of Experience (both the total for the year and the subset found active as teachers in the following year)
[6] The group in item 1 limited to only Bachelor's Degree Teachers with 2 Years of Experience (both the total for the year and the subset found active as teachers in the following year)

[7] The group in item 1 limited to only Master's Degree Teachers with 5 Years of Experience (both the total for the year and the subset found active as teachers in the following year)
[8] The group in item 1 limited to only Bachelor's Degree Teachers with 5 Years of Experience (both the total for the year and the subset found active as teachers in the following year)

The two figures for each of the above eight items will be provided for each school year 2004 (2003-04) through 2018 (2017-18). Additional caveats to the above available information:

1) Experience as captured in CPI only counts payroll years of experience in teaching in Georgia Public Schools. It does not account for any years taught in private schools or in other states. A teacher with 'zero' years of experience may well have taught for quite some time in another state or in private school but would be a 'new' teacher with regards to Georgia public school teaching. This is an inherent limitation in the design/collection of CPI data.
2) Up through the 2009-10 school year (FY2010), all teachers reported in CPI were certified teachers. For all of the years 2004 through 2010 in this request we will not have any information to respond to item 4, which is the only item which specifies only non-certified teachers. In 2011 the Charter Waiver teaching certificate code was introduced to allow for reporting of teachers who were teaching in charter schools and, as such, were allowed to teach without conventional Georgia teacher certification. It is only this Charter Waiver group that will be counted in item 4, provided they also fit the other requirements of the selection criteria of that particular item, and ONLY for years 2011 to 2018.

Additionally, I consulted by supervisor and I am unable to waive the fee.

Regards,

Julie James
Paralegal
Legal Services
Georgia Department of Education
2052 Twin Towers East
205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE
Atlanta, GA 30334
jjames@doe.k12.ga.us<mailto:jjames@doe.k12.ga.us>
(404) 463-0325 - Phone
(404) 657-8376 - Fax
http://www.gadoe.org<http://www.gadoe.org/>
"Educating Georgia's Future"

From: Elc Estrera

Hi Julie,
Thanks for the clarification. I am fine with the "additional caveats" noted by the Data Collections office. Can you please eliminate #4 from the list, because it doesn't apply to Georgia, and provide a re-estimate of the fee?
Thanks and all the best,
Elc Estrera

From: Georgia Department of Education

Mr. Estrera,

Omitting #4 from the request will not reduce the time involved to provide the remaining information; therefore, the estimate remains the same.

Regards,

Julie James
Paralegal
Legal Services
Georgia Department of Education
2052 Twin Towers East
205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE
Atlanta, GA 30334
jjames@doe.k12.ga.us<mailto:jjames@doe.k12.ga.us>
(404) 463-0325 – Phone
(404) 657-8376 - Fax
http://www.gadoe.org<http://www.gadoe.org/>
"Educating Georgia's Future"

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