A recently released report from the Boston Plan for Excellence in the Public Schools looks at the hiring, induction and retention of new teachers in Boston. The report provides further evidence that slow, inefficient, and uninformative urban district's hiring processes are much to blame for the loss of quality teaching candidates. Approximately six out of every ten new teachers considered Boston Public Schools' (BPS) hiring process to be longer than other districts. Of the 434 teachers surveyed, the average hire date was a mere 16.6 days before the start of the school year. Nearly a quarter were hired after the first day of school.