Friday, August 19, 2005

Teachers Ready to Skip Class

AP - Forty percent of public school teachers plan to exit the profession within five years, the highest rate since at least 1990, according to a study being released today. The rate is expected to be even greater among high school teachers, half of whom plan to be out of teaching by 2010, according to the National Center for Education Information.

Retirement is the dominant factor, as the public teaching corps is aging fast, say surveys of teachers in kindergarten through grade 12. In 1996, 24 percent of teachers were age 50 or older. In 2005, 42 percent of teachers are... In 1990, 74 percent of teachers predicted they would still be in the classroom five years later. In the surveys, that total dropped to 66 percent in 1996 and 60 percent this year.

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