District records show many teachers resigning, over summer
Tulsa, Okla. (KTUL) —
Tulsa Public Schools is busy hiring teachers right now.
The district reports each year they expect dozens of teachers to resign, but now district officials report more teachers are leaving, with fewer desiring to be hired.
“We have seen a slight increase this year," said Bradley Eddy, of Tulsa Public Schools. "We don’t have the numbers right now, over last year. But that trend has been in place and followed at least the last three years. As the budget woes continue to climb, so do the resignations for all teachers.”
“For a large urban district you are going to have a certain percentage of turnover every year," he said. "But obviously, we would like to reduce that, but there is also a small number that maybe realized teaching is not for them.”
Josh New was a Japanese teacher at Booker T. Washington for the past 12 years. He resigned at the end of the school year to pursue his career as a professional photographer.
“The teacher shortage is effecting teachers," he said. "Even long term teachers that really love their jobs. It’s just more and more, falls to them and at some point it gets too much."