Survey: 1 in 3 teachers considering exit, early retirement due to coronavirus


September 21, 2020

Dive Brief:

• National surveys of 1,001 parents of public school K-12 students and 816 public school teachers — both conducted by Hart Research Associates for the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, League of United Latin American Citizens and NAACP — find both groups remain concerned about school reopenings amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

• Perhaps most notably, the results show a third of teacher respondents reporting that the pandemic has made them more likely to exit the profession or opt for early retirement. Of those more likely to do so according to the surveys, 45% are over age 50, 44% have over 20 years experience and 42% live in the South.

• In addition, over half of parents and teachers believe the worst of the pandemic has passed but still consider it a serious problem, with around half of both groups reporting a member of their households have a condition putting them at high risk. Around 44% of parents and 42% of teachers also report knowing someone who has lost a job or had hours cut due to COVID-19.


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