It’s not just about low salaries. Pressure-filled working environments are driving too many educators out of the profession.
A perfect storm in the teacher labor market has formed, and students in high-poverty schools are bearing the brunt of its impact.
The impact on students may be greater when turnover occurs during the school year, underlining the urgency to strengthen the teaching profession.
Putting under-trained teachers in classrooms only harms students and exacerbates teacher shortages across the country.
States must address the conditions that are driving qualified teachers out of the classroom after only a few years, say experts.
Bringing under-qualified educators into classrooms is not the answer to any question.
The percentage of college freshmen who say they will major in education has plummeted over the past decade.
Focusing on recruitment over retention, says one expert, is like “pouring water in a bucket that has holes at the bottom.”