Iowa schools struggling with new teacher turnover

Monday, May 19, 2014

Children across Iowa will soon find themselves busy with camps, sports leagues, part-time jobs, work on the family business and other ways to pass the time over summer break.

Most of the state’s 478,000 public school students will return to the classroom in fall.

But about 10 percent of the state’s first-year public school teachers won’t. Within the next five years — if averages first outlined in a 2010 Iowa Department of Education report hold — between 30 percent and 40 percent of the teachers who first entered the classroom for the 2013-14 school year will be gone.

It’s a sizable turnover for a profession that makes up about 2 percent of the state’s workforce, according to Iowa Workforce Development projections.

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