Study: New Mexico ranks 2nd in US for high teacher turnover

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A think tank has found that New Mexico has the second-highest rate of teacher turnover in the country.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that according to the Learning Policy Institute, from the 2011-2012 to the 2012-2013 academic years, 23.2 percent of the New Mexico educators left their schools or the line of work, well above the national average. Only Arizona had higher turnover, at 23.6 percent. The lowest rate was in Rhode Island, where 7.4 percent of teachers left.

Albuquerque Teachers Federation President Ellen Bernstein says she isn’t surprised by New Mexico’s high rate of turnover. She says she often hears from teachers who love to teach, but don’t love the profession of teaching.

State Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera says the problem is matching teachers to the right job.

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