Republic: Survey confirms teacher retention problem

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

In an editorial in The Arizona Republic, Laurie Roberts wrote that according to a report issued Tuesday, more than 500 Arizona public school teachers either abandoned their classrooms or quit by the end of the first month of the school year.

The report, based on a survey of 135 school districts and charter schools, says the state is still short 1,328 teachers this year.

According to a report issued this spring by Morrison Institute for Public Policy, 42 percent of Arizona teachers hired in 2013 quit by 2016. Among charter school teachers, it was 50 percent.

Morrison Institute’s study concluded that teachers are leaving for a variety of reasons, including heavy workload, low pay and a belief that they aren’t supported.

READ: Roberts: 526 Arizona teachers have already quit this year

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