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Teaching shortage possible with more retirements

In the coming years an exodus of retiring teachers could create a shortage of teachers, said a report by the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future, reported The New York Times,

The report said that in the next four years one third of the 3.2 million teachers in the United States could retire. This could create a shortage of teachers and strain the retirement system, that is funded by taxpayers.

Teachers are retiring earlier, trading paychecks for retirement payments, and the slow influx of teachers does not help the situation. The report said that a third of new teachers leave the profession after five years.

Restructuring schools and having older teachers mentor new teachers to help them transition into teaching, is the main fix that is presented in the report,

The Times said that a similar report was issued in 1999 by the Education Department, and the issues never came to fruition. The Times interview Micheal Podgursky , a professor at the University of Missouri, who studies teacher retirement. He said that the parts of the report are exaggerated.

The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/07/education/07teacher.html?em