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Survey Finds Teacher Workforce Is Aging

By Joetta L. Sack — August 19, 2005 1 min read

Read a summary of “Profile of Teachers in the U.S. 2005" from the National Center for Education Information.

More than 40 percent of the nation’s teachers say they plan to leave the field within five years, according to a survey.

The National Center for Education Information attributes many of the expected departures to retirements in a rapidly aging workforce. The Washington-based private research group’s survey of 1,028 randomly selected teachers, released Aug. 18, found that 42 percent of teachers are age 50 or older, compared with 24 percent in 1996.

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