Teachers and public education staff, including community-college faculty employees, school psychologists and janitors, are fleeing their jobs in record numbers, The Wall Street Journal reports. Teachers cite puny pay raises, frustration about school budgets and improving prospects elsewhere — thanks to the tighter labor market — as key reasons for their departures. An average 83 per 10,000 public educators quit in the first 10 months of 2018, the highest rate on record. The number is striking because “stability is viewed as a key perk,” and longevity is typically rewarded.
January 15, 2019