HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A new report highlights an alarming trend in South Carolina - the number of teachers leaving the classroom is growing.
The Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement, also known as CERRA, released the state’s Annual Educator Supply and Demand Report. It shows about 7,300 teachers left their positions during or at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.
That represents an increase of nearly 10 percent compared to the number of teachers who left the year prior.
The numbers show 27 percent of those who left their positions reportedly went to teach in another public school district in the state. That means more than 5,300 teachers are no longer teaching in any S.C. public school.
According to the report, nearly half of teachers who left their positions, excluding those who retired, had five or fewer years of experience in a public school classroom.
Horry County Schools spokesperson Lisa Bourcier said teacher recruitment and retention are recent topics discussed by school leaders. She said beyond partnerships with local universities, the district also looks to other states for recruiting efforts.
“A lot of our states that we tend to do recruitment from come from up north. Ohio, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, definitely North Carolina are some areas we tend to attract as well," said Bourcier.
Bourcier added one of the district’s successful efforts to bring in more teachers in the past has been their recruitment fairs. HCS will be hosting their 2019 Educator Recruitment Fair on Feb. 2. The deadline to register to attend the fair is Jan. 25.