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Total number of public school teachers and the percentage distribution of public city school teachers' attitudes, by total years of full-time teaching experience: 2007–08

Teacher's attitude Public city schools
Total number of public school teachers Total number of teachers Full-time teaching experience
  10 years
or fewer
  11 years
or more
Total  3,404,500 882,400   100.0   100.0
             
If you could go back to your college days and
    start over again, would you become a teacher or not? 
           
Certainly would become a teacher  1,529,600 391,000   45.0   43.5
Probably would become a teacher  865,500 200,300   23.9   21.4
Chances about even for and against  538,000 146,100   18.3   14.7
Probably would not become a teacher  349,600 105,300   9.5   14.6
Certainly would not become a teacher  121,700 39,700   3.3   5.8
             
How long do you plan to remain in teaching?             
As long as I am able  1,597,400 418,300   50.7   43.9
Until I am eligible for retirement benefits from this job  936,400 212,400   15.4   33.5
Until I am eligible for retirement benefits from a previous job  4,100 1,300 !  
Until I am eligible for Social Security benefits  66,000 18,400   0.9   3.4
Until a specific life event occurs (e.g., parenthood, marriage)  107,900 26,700   5.0   0.8
Until a more desirable job opportunity comes along  138,500 45,100   7.5   2.6
Definitely plan to leave as soon as I can  40,100 12,700   1.5   1.4
Undecided at this time  514,100 147,700   19.0   14.3
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 30 percent or more of the estimate's value.
‡ Reporting standards not met. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 50 percent or more of the estimate's value.
NOTE: Teachers include both full-time and part-time teachers. Full-time teaching experience includes both public and private school teaching experience. City includes the urban-centric school locale codes of large, mid-size, and small cities. A large city is defined as a territory inside an urbanized area and inside a principal city with population of 250,000 or more. A mid-size city is defined as a territory inside an urbanized area and inside a principal city with population less than 250,000 and greater than or equal to 100,000. A small city is defined as a territory inside an urbanized area and inside a principal city with population less than 100,000. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding and because data are not shown.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School Teacher Data File," 2007–08.


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