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The Retention Imperative
The teacher-recruitment conversation has lately shifted, without much notice, from shortages to retention.

A much-publicized January report by the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future, for example, argues that the United States does not actually have a shortage of new teachers. "The real school staffing problem" NCTAF states, "is retention."

Citing data from the National Center for Education Statistics, NCTAF notes that "approximately a third of America's new teachers leave teaching sometime during their first three years of teaching; almost half may leave during the first five years." This trend, the group notes, is only aggravated by emergency policies to hire "unqualified and underprepared replacements."

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