This article in the Rocky Mountain News today spotlighted the problem of DPS public schools, bound by the teacher's union contract, unable to compete with charter schools for the best teachers. Charter schools, which do their own hiring, can hire the best and brightest before other public schools can even begin interviewing, which doesn't happen until mid-March in Denver. Moreover, charter schools can hire teachers without a valid Colorado teacher's license, providing additional flexibility to retain high quality teachers.
Many charter school teachers are lured by the ability to have an academic focus in their classrooms, which is supported by parents. Further, the students have a love for learning and are excited to learn even more. For many, this is what many young people dreamed about when they chose to become a teacher.