News for North Texas
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Survey: Half Of Teachers Say They’ll Leave The Field Because Of COVID

Judith Ramos
Eric Gay
Associated Press
Demands on teachers have only increased since COVID-19 hit, with many having to adapt to online and hybrid environments and deal with the added stress of health and safety precautions. Despite these extra demands, pay hasn't increased.

A survey from the nonprofit publication Education Week shows more than half of the nation’s teachers are thinking of dropping out in the next two years. That’s a jump of 20% compared to before the pandemic.

The national survey of 1,000 teachers found 54% said they are 'somewhat or very likely' to leave teaching in the next two years. Prior to the pandemic, that number was 34%.

Rena Honea leads the largest teacher’s group in the Dallas Independent School District, the Alliance AFT.

She is not surprised by the survey results.

“Our teachers, not only in Dallas, but in Texas, are being asked to do more and more,” Honea said. “Their responsibilities have increased. They're having to teach simultaneously in two different platforms. They're not seeing pay increases, because the state has not released some of the money that is available in districts. Quite frankly, (districts) don't have as much as many people think because they've had to spend it on pandemic spending."

Honea doesn't know if local teacher employment numbers reflect the national study because Texas teachers have until the summer to let a district know if they’re not returning in the fall.

Got a tip? Email Reporter Bill Zeeble at You can follow him on Twitter @bzeeble.

KERA News is made possible through the generosity of our members. If you find this reporting valuable, consider making a tax-deductible gift today. Thank you.

Bill Zeeble has been a full-time reporter at KERA since 1992, covering everything from medicine to the Mavericks and education to environmental issues.