1 in 4 teachers are considering quitting after this past year

Since March 2020, teachers have been on the front lines of addressing some of the most serious social implications of the coronavirus pandemic. Many teachers shifted between teaching in-person and online, raised crucial awareness about issues such as childhood hunger and inequality and have become political pawns in pandemic precaution and race relation debates.

For many teachers, the stress has been too much.

Before the pandemic, researchers estimated that one out of six American teachers was likely to leave the profession. New survey data from the nonprofit RAND Corporation suggests that now one out of four teachers is considering quitting after this school year.

Nearly half of teachers who identified as Black or African American reported that they were likely to leave their jobs by the end of the school year – a significantly higher percentage than teachers of other races.

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