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PI 34

“National predictions suggest that the nation’s school districts will need to hire about two million new teachers during the next decade (National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future 1996). This demand for new teachers reflects projected growth in student enrollment, as well as expected attrition from the profession. The cost of recruiting and training new teachers is high, and policy makers have come to realize that a more cost-effective method of ensuring a supply of well-qualified teachers is to reduce the number of teacher who leave the profession. …It is during the initial years of teaching that educators need the support and guidance to remain in this challenging field.