The number of the week is ...
... 27 percent. That's the percentage of Florida teachers surveyed by the Department of Education who say they're likely to quit the profession within the next five years. And they're not all retiring. Nearly half of the group (49 percent) blamed poor pay as the culprit, while one in five pointed to a lack of support from their school or district. To see the full results, click here.
This is the second report in recent weeks to look at teacher job satisfaction and come back with dim results. We reported on the first here. The responses have caused state Education officials to take a closer look at what they can do to keep teachers in Florida schools. (We sure need them, especially with the class-size amendment moving to the classroom level next year.) The State Board of Education heard two recommendations last week: Increase opportunties for raises, and create better methods to help new teachers at the school and district level. To review the DOE's full presentation to the State Board, click here.
So what about it? Teachers, are you happy and staying or peeved and leaving? Parents, what should we make of the fact that nearly one of every three teachers plans to stop teaching by 2012?