From burnout to frustration with inadequate pay, educators aren’t feeling any better about the profession.

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It’s no secret. Teachers are tired, overworked, overlooked, and flat-out under paid. Although many of the conversations about hiring and retaining teachers — especially Black teachers — were being discussed long before COVID-19, times are particularly tough. Education budgets nationwide are being crunched due to the end of pandemic-era aid from the federal government, and teachers have fewer resources to catch students up — plus students also need high-dosage intensive tutoring, after-school programming, and academic summer school, which teachers end up staffing.

Now a new report from RAND reveals that just like they expressed a year ago, teachers — particularly Black teachers — who once wanted to do nothing more than educate children are saying they’re ready to leave the profession. 

For the report, researchers pulled information from the 2024 State of the American Teacher survey, which takes a look at kindergarten through 12th-grade public school teachers. Here are three takeaways from the analysis: 

1. Black teachers were less likely to report experiencing job-related stress than white teachers, but they were significantly more likely to say that they intend to leave their school jobs — in addition to reporting lower base pay than their peers.

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Aziah Siid

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