Teacher retention falls short

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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

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getalife 01/19/07 - 11:33 am
As a new and young teacher, I

As a new and young teacher, I think it would only take about one day for me to quit, after trying to teach kids that have no manners, no respect for people or property, and no desire to learn. It takes a special person to put up with these monsters.

jack 01/19/07 - 01:01 pm
I have to agree with getalofe

I have to agree with getalofe but also believe that starting salaries of teachers in georgia is far too low when compare to the rest of the nation. Until discipline is restored in our schools with no nonsense enforcement of rules, you can expect teachers to leave rather than face getting shot or stabbed, shown total disrespect, etc. Schools today are small anarchies with the students in control.

sammyj 01/19/07 - 09:54 pm
What happened to old

What happened to old school.Where you stood in front of a class lined up waiting on your time for the ruler or hearing the sound of a paddle in the hall way.I have four teens still in school and if I they need thier butt tore up they are going to get it tore up.It used to be that the teacher got them,then the parent got them when they got home.Now it seems that nobody gets them because the law won't permit you to spank your child.The way I see it they dont take care of my children they are not responsible for my children.They won't tell me how to raise them.One of my kids said one time they would call DFACS on me if I whipped them.I told him to go ahead and by the time they got here they would have reason to come.

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