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Recruitment and Retention in North Carolina
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The Missouri Public School System has also been working on recruitment and retention of teachers. The report, “Recruitment and Retention of Teachers in Missouri Public Schools” revealed that
Missouri’s teacher workforce grew by 22.6 percent between 1991 and 2001 with addition of 12,000 teachers. It also found that of the 2,529 teachers who entered Missouri’s public school workforce for the first time in 1990-1991 school year, 20.3 percent left the classroom after one, two, or three years on the job. By 1998, more than one-fourth of the teachers who entered the system that school year left during the first three years. more...

New York
Teacher recruitment and retention is a challenge for the state of New York. However, it is using a wide range of approaches to recruit and retain highly qualified teachers in hard-to-staff schools and subject areas and schools serving large percentages of minority, low income families. more...

In September 2001, the Kentucky School Boards Association and partners including Kentucky Department of Education contracted with Horizon Research International to conduct a series of discussion groups among
Kentuckypublic school teachers. The purpose of this research was to identify and understand the critical factors impacting workplace and job satisfaction. more...
South Carolina
South Carolinahas some of the same programs that can be found in North Carolina. There is a Teacher Cadet Program, a Teaching Fellows Program, and Teacher Leaders Program. Please find out more about these programs at:
North Carolina is not the only state with teacher attrition problems. The Midwest has also been grappling with the situation. A study involving seven states in the Midwest has found that new teacher support programs appear to be one of the most valuable tools for reducing teacher attrition. Fifty-two percent of the superintendents in the region who have implemented and rated a new teacher support program reported that the program has been “very successful” in reducing attrition. The study “Effective Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategies in the Midwest: Who is Making Use of Them” included Illinois,
Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin .

This study offers excellent ideas for recruitment and retention of teachers. It can be found at and at Please take a look what each state is doing.
These are a few suggestions from the Southeast:
  1. "Grow your own" approaches have merit
  2. While signing bonuses send a signal that teachers are valued, they may not be sufficient
  3. Improving working conditions may help reduce turnover
  4. Better data is needed to inform good decisions
States are increasingly becoming involved in strategies that compliment district recruitment efforts. Mississippi, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Georgia, Maryland, South Carolina, California, Nevada, Florida, and North Carolina are all doing something about recruitment and retention of teachers. more...