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Utah’s Teacher Problem: What Can Be Done To Keep Educators In The Profession?

In Utah, 42 percent of new teachers quit within five years of starting, and more than one-third of those who leave the profession do so at the end of their first year, according to the Utah State Office of Education.

Their reasons for leaving are almost as diverse as the students they serve, stemming from a combination of burnout, insufficient pay, negative outside perceptions about teachers and other circumstances.

The trend toward teacher dropout is continuing and is coupled with declines in the number of prospective teachers graduating from Utah’s colleges and universities. And it’s occurring at a time when Utah’s student population is growing by more than 10,000 pupils every year.