What Can Montana Do To Help Keep Quality Teachers In Schools?

I came across an article yesterday that really just made me stop and think. At first, I thought it was a typo, but the more I looked into it, it seems that it’s accurate.

Almost half of the teachers across the United States are thinking about quitting their jobs according to data from Teachers Pay Teachers. In fact, the data states that out of the six thousand teachers that were surveyed, 48 percent of them said they had thought about quitting their jobs in the last 30 days.

48 percent? Really?

Let’s look at the state of Montana, shall we?  Here in Bozeman and Gallatin County, there is a desperate need for substitute teachers according to recent news reports, but what about the state as a whole.  How is Montana doing?

According to the Daily Inter Lake, Montana is in a teacher shortage crisis, and it’s continuing to escalate.  To throw fuel on the fire, there is a large shortage of teachers in rural schools and no state has more rural schools than the state of Montana according to the montanafreepress.org

Why are teachers leaving?  What can we do as a state to recruit and retain good, quality teachers for the students of

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