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More teachers retiring after education reform

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BATON ROUGE- More teachers are leaving the profession than ever before as the number of educators retiring increased more than 25 percent.

Some think it's because of the governor's education reforms, which would evaluate teachers' effectiveness based on student performance.

"Right now, what is perceived to be very unfair evaluation methods, and the pressure of being held responsible for everything that is wrong in public education and credit for nothing that is right is becoming overwhelming," said Steve Monaghan, with the Louisiana Federation of Teachers.

Monaghan thinks the reforms will not only drive more teachers out of the state and the job, but also weaken the ability for current educators to teach.

"The pressure to improve test scores, above everything else, rather than teach the whole child, feeling that they're no longer teaching anymore, they're teaching what we always feared, teaching to satisfy a test," said Monaghan.

Most teachers can retire after 20 years, but Monaghan says some are leaving the job before they're eligible to retire.

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