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Retirement and pension status among 2008–09 public school teacher leavers, by selected teacher and school characteristics in the 2007–08 base year: 2008–09
 
Teacher or school characteristic
in base year1
Total number of leavers   Percent of leavers who are retired   Percent of leavers who received an early retirement incentive   Percent of leavers who are collecting a pension   Among leavers who are retired, percent who were collecting a pension  
Total 269,800   27.8   6.0   26.2   80.7  
                     
Teaching experience2                     
Less than 20 years  169,900   4.7     4.6   80.4  
20 years or more  99,800   67.0   14.7   62.9   80.8  
                     
Sex                     
Male  59,900   27.2   6.2 ! 34.1   88.3  
Female  209,900   27.9   6.0   23.9   78.6  
                     
Race/ethnicity                     
White, non-Hispanic  226,000   29.3   6.2   27.8   80.0  
All other races/ethnicities  43,800   19.9   5.1 ! 17.7   86.2  
                     
Teaching status                     
Full time  223,900   30.9   6.5   27.5   79.7  
Part time  45,900   12.6 !   20.1 ! 93.0  
                     
Community type                     
City  71,600   20.6     23.5   89.6  
Suburban  92,600   22.6   8.8   23.6   88.1  
Town  34,000 ! 36.0 ! 5.5 ! 35.7 ! 89.5  
Rural  71,600   37.7   4.5   27.6   66.2  
                     
School level                     
Elementary  166,000   29.7   6.5 ! 26.4   79.1  
Secondary  91,000   23.7   5.6   22.3   83.0  
Combined  12,700   31.4 !   51.7   88.2  
                     
School enrollment                     
Less than 200  19,300 ! 22.5 !   36.4 ! 88.0  
200-499  88,200   34.8   6.4 ! 27.2   71.4  
500-749  43,000   31.4   8.1 ! 30.8   87.3  
750 or more  119,200   22.1   5.5   22.1   87.0  
                     
Percent of K-12 students who were approved
    for free or reduced- price lunches
0-34  109,500   24.8   8.4   26.7   90.0  
35-49  52,700   22.8   6.3 ! 20.8   86.2  
50-74  71,600   35.7   3.3 ! 28.6   64.8 !
75 or more  32,400   29.4     26.8   88.7  
School did not participate
   in free or reduced-price
   lunch program
    #     100.0  
# Rounds to zero.
! 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.
1 Base year refers to 2007–08.
2 Teaching experience includes total years of full-time and part-time teaching experience.
NOTE: "Leavers" are teachers who left the teaching profession after the base year (2007–08).
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School Teacher Data File," 2007–08; Teacher Follow-up Survey (TFS), "Former Teacher Data File," 2008–09.

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