Alabama schools are seeing teachers retiring at the highest level in nearly a decade

By: | July 1, 2021

Alabama teachers and public school staff are retiring at the highest level in nearly a decade.

That’s according to recent 2020-21 numbers provided by Alabama’s Teacher Retirement System. The school year saw 3,515 employees retire, the most since the 2010-11 school year, when just under 4,100 employees retired after changes to Alabama retirement benefits.

Those numbers likely are due to pandemic stresses, according to Roanoke City Schools Superintendent Chuck Marcum. His district had eight employees retire — which may not seem like a lot, but that’s nearly 5% of the district’s work force, twice as many as might retire in a given year.

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