Teaching Profession

  • Job satisfaction among teachers is at two-decade low. The percent saying they are very satisfied has dropped 15% in just two years. Almost one-third of teachers say they will likely leave the profession, up 12% from just two years ago. (MetLife)
  • “I am terrified of what’s happening to the Thompson School District and what that means to our community. We have been cutting fat. As of last year, we’re amputating.” -Marylou Rogers, a library media specialist at Loveland High School & a Thompson School District Budget Proposal Team member. The Thompson School District announced it will have to layoff 48 staff members to cope with budget cuts for 2012-13. In 2010-11, the District laid off 187 licensed employees, including teachers. (Loveland Reporter-Herald)
  • With a fourth year of state cuts, Colorado Springs School District 11 is considering eliminating 48 literacy specialists. Currently, these educators provide teacher coaching, data interpretation and other duties related to increasing literacy across all classes. (KRDO.com)
  • In the United States, teachers teach more hours per day and per year than any other country, with less time for preparation. (Linda Darling-Hammond testimony, Lobato decision, Page 60)
  • On average, teachers’ salaries in Colorado are 84.9% of salaries in comparable professions. (Quality Counts, Page 78)
  • Quality Counts gives Colorado a “D” and ranks us 42nd in support of the teaching profession, based on 44 different indicators. (2012 Quality Counts Report, page 58)