A survey of teachers, parents and students by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company finds that the tough economic times have taken their toll on public schools. The insurance company has been conducted the annual poll since 1984.
– teacher job satisfaction is at its lowest point in two decades. Just 44 percent of teachers say they are “very satisfied” with their job. More say they want to leave their profession. Job satisfaction has dropped 15 points over the last two years.
– nearly three-quarters of teachers and parents say teacher are treated as professionals in their communities.
– budget cuts have hit three-quarters of all schools. A majority of teachers say class sizes are up. More students are showing up in need of health and social services
– while parent involvment remains a challenge, more students say they are talking to their parents about what happens in school. The more parents are involved, the more likely a teacher is to have higher job satisfaction.