Teachers and public education employees in the United States are reportedly quitting their jobs at a record rate.
Public educators — including teachers, schools psychologists, janitors and community college faculty members — quit their jobs at a rate of 83 per 10,000 a month on average in the first 10 months of the year, data from the Labor Department seen by The Wall Street Journal revealed.
According to the newspaper, that rate is the highest on record since the government began collecting such data in 2011.
The rate of departures is also nearly double that of the 48 per 10,000 public education workers who quit their jobs in 2009.
However, the report also points out that teachers are still less likely to leave their positions than other American workers, who reportedly quit their jobs at a rate of 231 per 10,000 this year.
“During the recession, education was a safe place to be,” Julia Pollak, a labor economist at ZipRecruiter, told the publication.
Pollak went on to describe that the field is a “more boring place now” for educators who “see their friends finding exciting opportunities.”
Teachers are leaving their jobs for a variety reasons, the newspaper reported.
Some are reportedly leaving in search for potentially more lucrative positions elsewhere given the current low unemployment rate.
Others are quitting due to frustrations over a lack of resources and little support from communities, an issue brought to light by a wave of teacher protests in recent months.
“Part of it was compensation,” Alice Cain, executive vice president of Teach Plus, a policy organization that works with a network of thousands of teachers, told the Journal.
“But part of this was that their students weren’t valued, and that the public education system in our country isn’t a priority in so many places,” she continued.