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Teacher turnover

I. STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM One of the most critical problems facing education today is the exedus of teachers from the classroom. The movement of teachers away from the profession is a waste of human effort and financial expenditure. For school boards and administrators, teacher turnover is one of the most troublesome and confusing of all problems. For a comprehensive discussion of teacher turnover the following questions need to be answered: How extensive is teacher turnover 1) in America's public schools? 2) in America's schools for the deaf? What are the factors that lead to or influence turnover 1) in America's public schools? 2) in America's schools for the deaf? Are there categories of teachers with a predictable high turnover rate? What can be done to reduce turnover? II. JUSTIFICATION The questions need to be answered because administrators who are familiar with the factors influencing turnover, can alleviate and/or remove them and the attendant problems of: 1) shortchanged children who receive a "training ground" education: 2) an educational program that suffers because of a lack of continuity; 3) repeated expenses of recruitment; 4) loss of investment made in beginning teachers who leave at about the time they "begin to pay their way"; 5) loss of investment incurred through in-service training; 6) situations where there are not enough qualified teachers to fill the classrooms; and 7) poor investment of tax dollars and an inefficient utilization of training facilities.

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