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CMS Teacher Turnover Hits Record Low

Turnover among teachers in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools hit an all-time low last year, partly because of the economic downturn. CMS lost 11.7 percent of its 9,200 teachers in 2010. That's good compared to just five years ago, when the district's teacher turnover rate was over 15 percent. And ten years ago, one out of every five CMS teachers left the district. While turnover has declined, the reasons teachers gave for leaving remained the same in 2010. The top two were retirement or a job teaching elsewhere. The economic recession has forced school district cuts that make for a tighter job market, leaving teachers more inclined to stay put. A Charlotte Observer analysis of the turnover numbers released by the state shows CMS with a 2010 rate slightly higher than the statewide average. But in the greater Charlotte region, CMS teacher turnover was much higher than Kannapolis, Cabarrus and Gaston County School Districts. The numbers reflect some, but not all of the layoffs CMS did because of budget cuts in 2010. Read more from the Observer here. Read the report here.