What’s it like to be a teacher today? We want to hear from you.

Warning bells have sounded across the nation – a teacher exodus is nigh. A number of teacher surveys have pointed to deep discontentment in the profession:

  • An oft-cited National Education Association survey found that “a staggering 55 percent of educators are thinking about leaving the profession earlier than they had planned.” 
  • A survey of teachers conducted by The New York Times found that “teachers feel forgotten, disillusioned and tired.” 
  • And an EdWeek Research Center survey results “suggest a deep disillusionment of many teachers who feel overworked, underpaid, and under-appreciated, with potential implications for a once-in-a-generation shift in the teaching profession.”

But writers from EdWeek, Chalkbeat and FiveThirtyEight have questioned if this is a Chicken Little situation – some voices are yelling that the sky is falling when it’s firmly in place (teachers aren’t going anywhere). 

So Idaho Education News has decided to investigate: What is the state of the teaching profession in Idaho? Is a teacher exodus really looming? What’s it like to be a teacher today and how has the profession changed over the last few decades?

We plan to write a series of stories to answer those questions, and we need your help. EdNews is asking K-12 teachers across the state to fill out an anonymous survey to help inform the reporting on this series. So if you’re a teacher (or were within the past year), join the conversation — take this short survey and share the link with your colleagues. 


Carly Flandro

Carly Flandro

Carly Flandro reports from her hometown of Pocatello. Prior to joining EdNews, she taught English at Century High and was a reporter for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. She has won state and regional journalism awards, and her work has appeared in newspapers throughout the West. Flandro has a bachelor’s degree in print journalism and Spanish from the University of Montana, and a master’s degree in English from Idaho State University. You can email her at [email protected] or call or text her at (208) 317-4287.

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