Hawaii Is Losing More Teachers Than Ever Amid Pandemic Fatigue … A teacher survey from May shows why that may be. Many expressed frustration with longer work hours and a lack of professional development.

Hawaii had 25% more public school teachers retire or resign during the 2020-21 academic year compared with the previous year, a sign that pandemic-related fatigue could be driving educators away from the job.

According to numbers provided by the Department of Education, 428 teachers retired in the last school year, compared with 287 in 2019-20, 274 the year before that and 275 in the school year ending in 2018.

Another 771 educators resigned from DOE in the last school year for non-retirement reasons — such as leaving the state, moving to a different job or quitting for family or personal reasons — compared with 674 in 2019-20 and 755 in 2018-19.

Altogether, that reflects 1,199 teacher separations from the DOE last year, compared with 961 the prior year.

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