by Lauren Gard
Who would have guessed that 18,000 California teachers throw in the towel every year! No way! California State University researchers quizzed more than 1,900 teachers to find out why, and what can be done to lower that astonishing attrition rate. We just hope they didn't put too much time into the study (titled "A Possible Dream: Retaining California Teachers So All Students Can Learn") because the six recommendations they came up with are less than... well, let's just say they make a good argument for sending kids to private school. Among them are these humdingers: "The state should establish standards for teaching and learning conditions," "California should increase education funding to at least adequate levels," and "Principals should focus on 'high-quality teaching and learning conditions.'" By golly, seems they're on to something! Read the full report here.