Jan 28, 2013 7:26 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck

Louisiana Department Of Education speaks out about teacher retirement

Louisiana's Department of Education is speaking out against a recent report that claimed teacher retirement is on the rise. It says that a recent report by the Teacher Retirement System of Louisiana isn't giving the whole picture when it comes to teacher retention.

"Effectively they say that the rate of retirement is up 25%. But that 25% is only 1% of the workforce," Department of Education Superintendent John White said.

White says teacher attrition has recently hovered around 12%. He adds that the state's new teacher evaluation system and new teacher requirements haven't affected recruitment or retirement.

"The numbers show they're not having a problem collecting teachers and that teacher recruitment numbers are up," White said.

So what does all this mean for Lafayette?  Superintendent Pat Cooper says that while teacher retirement spiked in the first semester, he thinks it will level out by the end of the school year.

"What we're finding out here in Lafayette that that was the initial reaction, people threatening to retire, people saying they were going to retire.  But they didn't follow through. All I know is that the numbers here in Lafayette are holding pretty steady," Cooper said.

He says so far around 48 teachers are retiring, and Lafayette averages about 60 to 65 retirements per year.



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