Dec 28, 2018 - Economy

Teachers quit at highest rate on record in 2018

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Teachers and public education employees in the U.S. quit at the fastest rate ever recorded in 2018, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The big picture: Historically low unemployment could be the cause, as Americans expect "they can find something better," per the Journal. But there were also a string of teacher protests around the country this year over pay and poor conditions. 83 of every 10,000 public educators quit in the first 10 months of 2018, which is the highest rate since records began in 2001, the Journal notes.

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