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In rural areas it is becoming increasing difficult to recruit and retain teachers. Along with the National Data on teachers who leave the profession, rural areas have a unique problem in attracting staff in the first place. Recently our school staff had a presentation on technical careers that we have available for graduating students in our local area. These careers starting pay were usual double what teachers were being paid after several years of service. Although teaching is not just about the compensation that one receives on a paycheck, it is difficult to explain to a young educator who is struggling to purchase a home, raise a family, pay off student loans, etc. to stay in a profession that is compensated at the current rate most Oregon schools pay. Pilot projects such as the one being funded by Chalkboard are needed in Oregon to create new ways to attract, reward and compensate educators.
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