Nothing in school has a larger impact on student achievement than our teachers. But while teaching is one of our most important professions, our city’s public schools have struggled to retain talented educators. My office looked into teacher turnover and found that of the roughly 4,600 new teachers hired five years ago, over 40% have left the system. Among teachers with fewer than five years of experience, nearly 20% left the classroom in 2017-18 alone.
Assuming approximately the same number of teachers start school this academic year, more than 900 will leave their classrooms by June. That’s simply unacceptable.