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As many as 1/2 of new NC teachers quit within 5 years

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A new career is eye-opening, but the early years could be decisive for promising young North Carolina teachers.

As many as half of new teachers leave the classroom within five years, costing states hundreds of millions of dollars to replace them.

Eric Hale had a frustrating first year in North Carolina’s second-largest school district that includes Charlotte. Now he’s leaving the country to teach in Asia while he’s single. He says he still loves teaching and plans to be back, but he says he didn’t ask enough questions about whether he and his first school would be a good match.

Jordan McNeil teaches autistic elementary school children near Greensboro. She was surprised by the amount of instant responsibility, and expectations that were the same for newcomers as for 20-year veterans.

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