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A new report suggest there's a dropout crisis among the nation's teachers.
Worried about your teenager dropping out of school? You might also want to worry about his teacher.
"Roughly half a million U.S. teachers either ," reads a new report from the ,
an advocacy group. And this kind of turnover comes at a steep cost, not
only to students but to districts: up to $2.2 billion a year.
There were more than 3 million full-time teachers in 2013, ,
meaning nearly 15 percent of the workforce is moving or leaving every
year. And, the study says, at-risk students suffer the most.
20 percent of teachers at high-poverty schools leave every year, a rate
50 percent higher than at more affluent schools. That's one of every
five teachers, gone by next September.
As for that $2.2 billion
price tag, it's money largely spent on human resources, says Jason
Amos, Vice President of Communications for the Alliance. That includes
recruiting and processing new hires, along with money spent on
induction, training and development.
The report points to a
variety of reasons for the turnover, including low salaries and a lack
of support for many teachers. Which helps to explain why those most
likely to quit are also the least experienced: 40 to 50 percent of new
teachers leave within their first five years on the job.