Teacher retention falls short

ATLANTA - The rate of turnover of young teachers is the biggest problem facing education in Georgia, according to an education think tank sponsored by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Economic Developers Association.

Teacher retention topped the list of 10 major issues facing the state as outlined Thursday by the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education.

Turnover is expensive in terms of the cost to hire and train teachers, and it hurts student performance, according to Deirdre Johnson, the policy director for the Georgia Partnership. She said 46 percent of teachers leave the field within their first five years.

- Morris News Service