Young teachers leaving at a higher rate, Appleton Post-Crescent analysis finds

Young teachers – those with less than five years of experience – are leaving the Appleton School District at a noticeably higher rate than in past years, according to an analysis by the Appleton Post-Crescent. Although school officials say the reasons for the departure of young teachers are primarily due to relocations and the tendency for millennials to change jobs more frequently, the increase coincides with the aftermath of Act 10, which effectively eliminated collective bargaining for educators and reduced their voice the workplace.

The Post-Crescent article quotes Peter Goff, an assistant professor of education leadership and policy analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as saying that, while teacher retirements jumped as Act 10 was being passed, it’s hard to pinpoint the law’s effect on teacher retention.

However, Goff says is certain retention will play a major role in Wisconsin’s educational landscape for years to come.

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Retention of young teachers a challenge

Departures growing among Appleton teachers who spend five years or less in the district. On average, teachers with less than five years of experience make up more than half of staff resignations every school year in the Appleton Area School District, putting additional pressure on the district’s retention efforts.

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