UNDATED — A recent national report says nearly 300,000 teachers have left the profession in the past two years.

Monica Bryon is Minnesota’s vice president of education. She says we’ve seen our share of teachers leave here in Minnesota too.

A study conducted by Education Minnesota indicates that nearly one-third of new teachers leave the profession within the first five years of employment.

Some of the ways teachers are taken for granted with instructional decisions. Large class sizes. When you look at some of these elements of the profession, with unreasonable terms of reference, lack of support, and administrative demands, some of these elements are very difficult to manage, and teachers burn out quickly.

The same study showed that more than half of Minnesota teachers who have a license are not currently teaching in a public classroom or charter school classroom.

She says large class sizes are one of the reasons teachers leave the profession early, along with a number of other concerns.

We can ensure that we reduce the teacher pay penalty and the disparities between teacher pay and that of other university-educated non-teaching stalwarts. We can make sure we limit standardized testing and how much we don’t get from this part.

Districts say the hardest-to-fill teaching positions are in special education, math/science, and English.

Minnesota has 325 public school districts with more than 56,000 teachers currently working full time. As many as 113,000 Minnesotans have a teaching license.

Locally, Sauk Rapids-Rice Superintendent Brad Bergstrom says he is filling the last three open teaching positions in that district. The St. Cloud Area School District still has about 11 open teaching positions.

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