Source: MPR News (Link)
Teachers are picking up slack for absent colleagues. They’re covering for unfilled positions. And 55 percent of them say they will leave teaching sooner than they had originally planned, according to a poll of its members by the nation’s largest teachers union.
The National Education Association poll, conducted in January, helps quantify the stress being placed on educators right now – and found the number who say they’ll leave the profession sooner has risen significantly since August. Among the NEA poll’s other findings are that:
90 percent of its members say that feeling burned out is a serious problem.
86 percent say they have seen more educators leaving the profession or retiring early since the start of the pandemic.
80 percent report that unfilled job openings have led to more work obligations for those left