all new teachers, involving teachers in decision making, implementing team or interdisciplinary teaching, and making scheduling changes to allow common planning time for teachers in schools. (National Center for Teaching and America’s Future, 1996; Hare and Heap, 2001; National Association of State Boards of Education, 1998). Retention strategies for the broad array of professionals in other aspects of the K-12 education system have not been a major policy concern, and there is a paucity of information from which the committee could address retention in these other types of careers.

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