The problem is, 42% of Utah teachers quit within the first five years. Many districts can’t even find enough teachers to fill all their needs.
In the 2014–15 school year, some 2,400 students graduated from college teaching programs and were recommended for teaching licensure, but districts in Utah needed to hire an estimated 3,000–4,000 new teachers.
Average teacher salaries and per-pupil spending in Utah are significantly less than the U.S. average, but class sizes are much higher than the average. These and other factors make teaching a tough job. We need the best and brightest to do that job, but surveys show that most Utahns don’t believe that the best and brightest of the next generation want to grow up to become teachers.