In 2014, the most recent year data was available, 5,380 students were studying education at Kansas higher-education institutions, down from 7,750 in 2011, Llopis-Jepsen writes. The main reasons students cited for not studying education were "low teacher pay, low esteem for the profession, actions by the Legislature affecting the profession and retirement benefits, and unstable school funding."
The report estimates that the No. 1 reason teachers leave jobs in Kansas is retirement, Llopis-Jepsen writes. The report found that the "perception that the teaching profession is 'aging' is incorrect. More than one-fifth of Kansas teachers have fewer than five years of experience. Forty percent have fewer than 10 years." (Read more)