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Dissatisfaction with School Governance, Student Behavior, Parent Support, and Career Opportunities Lead to Teacher Attrition, Report No. 07-19, February 2007
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  • Approximately 10% (14,700) of Florida’s public school teachers left their positions last year, contributing to the state’s teacher shortage.  Teachers who responded to our survey left their positions for a variety of reasons.  Thirty percent left because they were dissatisfied with work conditions and another 11% wanted to pursue other career opportunities. 
  • The main sources of dissatisfaction leading to attrition were school governance, student behavior and parental support, and career opportunities.  Both current and former teachers expressed dissatisfaction with their compensation, and those with advanced degrees or earning lower salaries were most likely to leave.
  • To address these factors, the Florida Legislature could expand and revise school leadership professional development initiatives, develop a career ladder system for teachers, and require additional behavior management education for teachers.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Public Schools (K-12 Education)

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 09-28 Production of Teachers Who Remain in the Classroom Varies by Preparation Program,published in June 2009.
  • Report No. 09-11 Some Progress Achieved in Addressing Factors Contributing to Teacher Attrition, published in February 2009.
  • Report No. 07-02 17 School Districts Offered Differentiated Pay Policies to Support Staffing Needs During 2005-06 School Year, published in January 2007.
  • Report No. 04-36 Information Brief: Teacher Compensation Varies Among School Districts, But Daily Pay Compares Well to Other Occupations, published in June 2004.

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