On December 1, 2023, Education Policy Initiative Director Chelsea Coffin was cited by the Wasington Post:
The patterns follow a brief drop-off in turnover during the first two years of the pandemic, when teacher retention across D.C. got as high as 81 percent. Chelsea Coffin, director of the Education Policy Initiative at the D.C. Policy Center, said Wednesday that it could have been a result of the public health crisis.
“This is likely because fewer teachers changed jobs during the first two years of the pandemic when there was a lot of uncertainty,” Coffin told lawmakers. “After the pandemic, average retention decreased by 4 percentage points between 2021-22 and 2022-23. Most schools fell between a decrease of 10 percentage points and an increase of 10 percentage points in retention.”