JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Duval County loses about 50-percent of new teachers within the first five years of their careers, that's according to the latest study by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund
"You talk about any industry in the world, a 50-percent turnover rate in the first five years is pretty remarkable," said JPEF President Trey Csar.
So, he and his team started looking into the reasons why. They surveyed 600 local teachers, trying to find out what's been driving them out of the profession.
"Teachers consistently said pay and benefits are important of what keeps us in this profession and what could drive us out of this profession," he said.
They also asked teachers what would make them stay. "We found compensation and benefits, increased autonomy in their classrooms, and a louder voice in district and state level policy decisions," said Csar.
Csar says the high turnover rate has a real impact on the district, both financially and academically. Financially, it costs millions to constantly recruit and train new teachers. Academically, teachers don't usually hit their stride until about five years into their career.
Now, the plan is to take these results and put them to good use. Csar said, "We think it's fundamental for the future of our city and the future of our children that every child in in our community has access to a high quality public school."