8:39 am June 5, 2009, by Laura Diamond
About half of all teachers leave the profession within five years, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
The state spends more than $400 million a year replacing them, according to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.
Researchers at Georgia State University spent more than two years studying teacher retention in the metro Atlanta area.
Their conclusions won’t surprise many of you.
Teachers stay if they have a good relationship with their co-workers and administrators. They remain if the school emphasizes student success and teachers receive the tools and freedom to improve learning.
Teachers leave when they feel they lack power and can’t express their concerns and opinions. They quit follow battles over school policies and teaching philosophies.
The researchers developed what they described as way for teachers to determine which schools would be the best fit. They said principals and others could use the tool when assigning teachers to different schools.
Why do you think teachers leave the profession? What can principals, administrators and school board members do to keep teachers?
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