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Wed., Feb. 15, 2012, 9:19 a.m.

Idaho Teachers Leaving In Droves

Nearly 1,300 Idaho teachers left the profession in 2011, up from about 700 the year before. More than half of the educators who abandoned teaching last year left for "personal reasons," according to data from the state Department of Education. School districts reported another 96 teachers were fired and 85 were laid off in 2011, which is about the same as the previous year. The remaining 579 educators left to continue their education or because of military and family obligations. Other reasons included death, leave of absences or a spousal transfer. But the number of teachers leaving the profession for person reasons more than doubled to 697 in 2011, up from 314 in 2010, according records that the Idaho Education Association requested from the state's education department/Jessie L. Bonner, AP. More here.

Question: What part or the education reforms pushed by Superintendent Tom Luna, Gov. Butch Otter, and the Idaho Legislature playing in the loss of so many Idaho teachers?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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