Teachers are calling it quits amid rising school violence, burnout and stagnating salaries

Teachers are calling it quits amid rising school violence, burnout and stagnating salaries

Most educators leaving the field aren’t retiring or being laid off — they’re quitting.

Nearly half of the public education employees — working in elementary, secondary and postsecondary institutions — who left the profession in March resigned, according to preliminary numbers released in May by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Quits peaked early into the Covid-19 pandemic, before taking a downturn in late 2020. But over the last two years, resignations have ticked back up, worsening the already-serious teacher shortage in the United States as school districts struggle to hire new teachers.

With school shootings on the rise and pandemic-disrupted learning taking a toll on teachers who feel increasingly burned out, public education is struggling to attract — and retain — qualified school staff, says Becky Pringle, president of the National Education Association, the largest teachers’ union in the country.

One in three teachers say they’re likely to quit and find another job in the next two years, according to a recent survey by the EdWeek Research Center and Merrimack College.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2023/05/31/us/teachers-quitting-shortage-stress-burnout-dg/index.html

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