Over the next four years, more than a third of the nation's 3.2 million teachers could retire, depriving classrooms of experienced instructors, reports the New York Times. The problem is aggravated by high attrition among rookie teachers, with one of every three new teachers leaving the profession within five years--a loss of talent that costs school districts millions in recruiting and training expenses, says a report by the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future, a nonprofit research advocacy group. "The traditional teaching career is collapsing at both ends," the report says. "Beginners are being driven away" by low pay

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