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Tulsa Public Schools are losing hundreds of teachers this year

Tulsa Public Schools expects to start the school year with 137 emergency certified teachers (KTUL).

Tulsa Public Schools is releasing hard concrete statistics on how many teachers are leaving. The district says in the 2016 to 2017 school year, they lost 214 more teachers compared with the same months of 2015 to 2016.

In June of 2016 the district lost 189 teachers but this June, they lost 103 more, as 292 teachers resigned.

The district has also seen 25 more retirements, compared to 2015/2016.

The district administrators say there is a call for concern, but they do expect more resignations because of the summer tradition, teacher pay and recent legislation.

"It is alarming in terms of the data to see that substantial of an increase. It's also something that we can anticipate or would have anticipated for this year, given things that have happened with legislation," said Devin Fletcher, Chief Talent and Learning Officer.

Still the Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association says there is a problem and that teachers are leaving and sending a message.

“They’ve had it. They’ve had it, they can’t do it anymore. We had one of our teachers of the year. She moved to Missouri. She got a ten thousand dollar raise, that includes the cost of living. She bought a house. She said she never would have been able to do that here,” said Shawna Mott Wright.

Tulsa Public Schools expects to start the school year with 137 emergency certified teachers.

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