Center for Future Warns of Teacher Retirement Boom


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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, December 8, 2004
In its report, the Santa Cruz-based Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning, based in Santa Cruz, warns of an impending boom of teacher retirement. Policy Associate Harvey Hunt says their projections show 100-thousand teachers will have to be replaced over the next ten years—and the crunch will be felt particularly in high schools. Cut: HHunt1 (:11) “Our workforce is aging, and we expect them to retire at around 61-and-a-half, that’s what they’ve done for as many years as we’ve kept records for… Those folks are going to have to be replaced.” Hunt says state-supported recruitment efforts have been cut back and aren’t able to help bring in the number of teachers needed. The Center’s report also notes the number of under-prepared teachers, including interns or those working on emergency credentials, has dropped but that too many continue to work in low-performing schools. SOC