La. teachers retiring in high numbers

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Louisiana teachers are continuing to retire at higher-than-usual numbers – more than 7,500 in the last two years.

The number of retirements in 2013 increased from the 24 percent increase last year.

Dana Vicknair, assistant director at Teachers Retirement System of Louisiana, tells The Advocate the figure is up about 1,000 from what they would normally see.

State Superintendent of Education John White said the exodus should be looked at as primarily a financial decision on the part of more veteran employees.

But school superintendents also said the decision has a lot to do with changes occurring in the classroom, including new teacher evaluations pushed by the Jindal administration, which one educator said created “a tipping point.”

There are some 50,000 Louisiana public school teachers.

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