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Connecticut is among the best states for teachers

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Connecticut gets an "A" when it comes to taking care of teachers.

A new survey from the personal finance website WalletHub put the state as the 10th best state for teachers.

It released the results of its 2016's best & worst states for teachers survey on Monday.

WalletHub said it analyzed the 50 states and the District of Columbia in terms of 16 metrics, including average starting salary, pupil to teacher ratio and school safety.

Connecticut was also:

  • 20th in median annual salary for teachers.
  • 12th in school safety.
  • 19th 10-year change in teacher salaries.
  • 6th in pupil-teacher ratio.
  • 6th in public-school spending per student.

New Jersey, Massachusetts and Illinois rounded out the top three states. Check out the top 10 here.

Arizona, West Virginia and Hawaii were the worst states, according to the site.

WalletHub said education jobs are some of the lowest-paying occupations the require a bachelor's degree. It also said their salaries consistently fail to keep up with inflation.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, a fifth of new school teachers leave their positions before the end of their first year. Nearly half of them never last more than 5 years.

The teachers leave "as the result of feeling overwhelmed, ineffective and unsupported," according to the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

To see the complete results of WalletHub's study, click here.

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