Eye on Education

Surge In Teacher Retirements Means Added Costs, Plus Loss of Experience and Wisdom

Ohio teachers are retiring at their highest rate in years. 7,915 veteran teachers retired at the end of 2013 – a twelve percent increase over 2011. One of the main reasons for the uptick is that many older teachers decided to remain in their jobs through the economic uncertainty that set in with the Great Recession, and now they’re ready to make the move and retire. Discontent with the new Common Core learning standards may also be a factor. The growing retirement pool cost Ohio public schools over $60 million in replacement and recruitment expenses last year.

Your children will see more new faces at the front of their classrooms when schools open this month as veteran teachers continue the race to retirement. The impacts will be many, school officials warn. Former Lakota school parent and veteran school board member Ray Murray worries about what the exodus of veteran teachers means for the students and schools they leave behind.

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