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Not as many teachers leaving as previously reported

Though many teachers in Kansas are frustrated with state government and feel under attack, not as many are leaving the profession as previously reported. A State Department of Education report released in July showed an 85 percent increase from four years ago in the number of Kansas teachers retiring, a 64 percent rise in the number of teachers leaving the state, and a 51 percent increase in teachers leaving the profession. But it turns out those numbers mistakenly counted some teachers multiple times among districts or different schools within districts, the Kansas City Star reported. The correct totals are an 11 percent increase in retirements, a 19 percent increase in teachers leaving the state, and an 8 percent increase in teachers leaving the profession – still a concern, but not nearly as big. – Phillip Brownlee

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