Teacher Turnover High in Arkansas

Many blame it on their workload

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Nearly 40 percent of Arkansas teachers leave the classroom after five years.

State lawmakers unanimously voted today to study why that is. 

A 2016 report in the Senate Education Committee says of those educators, nearly 60-percent blame the turnover on their workload. 

The lawmaker pushing the study, a retired educator herself, says the committee will examine the excessive paperwork required of teachers, plus discipline and behavioral health issues.

"We have a shortage of teachers who want to teach because it has become so cumbersome to do it," says State Sen. Linda Chesterfield (D-Little Rock).

The legislature proposes studies like this ahead of its next regular session to see what bills, if any, they could try to pass.

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