High turnover rate for Utah's public school teachers

Published on March 14, 2017 at 12:41PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A report by The University of Utah indicates that more than half of Utah’s public school teachers who started work in 2008 left the profession less than a decade later. The Deseret News reports that Utah’s turnover rate is high compared to the national average. The report released in January polled about 2,700 teachers, and discovered that younger teachers had a higher turnover rate. Nearly three-fourths of teachers under the age of 25 left the profession by 2015. A survey by the National Center for Educational Statistics reports that in the 2012 school year, Utah teachers left the profession for a variety of reasons, including salary and benefits. In the recently completed legislative session, Utah lawmakers have approved a variety of bills to boost public schools, including incentives for teachers working in high-poverty districts.