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Connecticut among the worst for teacher job opportunities, best for work environment

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Across the country, including Connecticut, the teaching profession appears to be a revolving door due to its high turnover rate.

With that in mind, the personal finance website WalletHub.com released a study ranking 2015’s best and worst states for teachers.

To come up with its rankings, WalletHub said it looked at 13 metrics that ranged from median salary to projected number of teachers per student by the year 2022.

Connecticut finished at the lower end of the spectrum, according to the report.

Its overall ranking was 34 out of 51 states and the District of Columbia.

Broken down further, it had a 48 ranking for job opportunity and competition. However, its academic and work environment rank was 4.

Topping the list, Massachusetts, Virginia and Minnesota were the top three places for teachers.

Rounding out the bottom were Arizona, North Carolina and West Virginia, respectively.

WalletHub cited a number from the National Center for Education Statistics that said a fifth of all new teachers leave their professions before the end of their first year. Nearly half of them never last more than five years.

It said the reasons are because teachers across the country are short-changed. Salaries consistently fail to keep up with inflation while laws demand they produce better students.

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development said many teachers leave “as the result of feeling overwhelmed, ineffective, and unsupported.”

To read the complete results of WalletHub’s study, click here.

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