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Media Coverage on NDU Teacher Retention Poll

Newest member survey results have attracted a considerable amount of media attention across the state of North Dakota.
Published: October 18, 2022
North Dakota United recently released results from a new member survey on concerns our educators are feeling about their profession, and a number of media outlets have picked up the story. We’ve gathered together all the coverage we’ve seen so far in a collection of links below. Click on the headlines below to view the full stories.

InForum — Over 30% of North Dakota’s K-12 Educators Mulling Early Exits, Poll Finds

BISMARCK — More than a third of K-12 public school teachers in North Dakota are considering leaving the profession and nearly half of those educators cite current political discourse as a significant factor.

That’s according to an August poll of members of North Dakota United, the state’s largest professional union of public educators and employees.

Teachers were asked about their professional satisfaction and factors that are causing some to think about leaving the profession.

The August poll followed polling that was done in January. Both polls were conducted by DFM Research.

KFYR TV — Recent Poll Reveals Staggering Results on Teacher Satisfaction and Retention

BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) – This school year, a staggering number of North Dakota teachers have given the education field a poor grade.

An August poll done by North Dakota United, shows disheartening statistics involving teacher retention, and their overall satisfaction.

“91% thought they would retire as a teacher when they went into that profession. That number is now down to about 45%,” says North Dakota United president, Nick Archuleta.

AM 1100 The Flag WFGZ — Teachers Union Poll: 35 Percent of North Dakota’s Public School Educators Considering Career Change

(Fargo, ND) — A new poll commissioned by North Dakota’s largest teachers union shows burnout and thoughts of leaving the profession are a continuing issue for educators. Poll results indicate 35 percent of public school teachers surveyed are considering calling it quits.

“We were a little disconcerted by that, you know. We’ve largely gone from a pandemic to a footing if you will to endemic footing and we kind of hoped that we would see a greater improvement in how teachers are feeling about the jobs they do,” said Nick Archuleta, President of North Dakota United.

Archuleta says a growing number of teachers who are considering career change cite burnout, stress, and pay as contributing factors. A majority of those teachers also cite “political discourse” as playing a role in them wanting to leave the job. Archuleta says better pay and higher levels of respect and support for teachers would make a positive impact on teacher satisfaction.

KX News — ND Teachers Contemplating Leaving Education Field Early According to Survey

NORTH DAKOTA (KXNET) — North Dakota United represents more than 11,500 public educators and employees.

The union released survey results earlier this year, that K-12 teachers had high levels of frustration and burnout, leading them to contemplate leaving the education field early.

According to a new survey from August, 35% of respondents who considered leaving education early last year are still considering it this year.

News and Views with Joel Heitkamp — Poll Shows Educators Are Contemplating Early Exits

Joel is joined by the President of North Dakota United, Nick Archuleta. They have a conversation about teachers leaving the industry, as there’s new polling out showing educators are feeling pressure and considering early exits from the field.

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Afternoons Live with Tyler Axness — More Than a Third of K-12 Public School Teachers in North Dakota Are Considering Leaving the Profession


Afternoons Live with Tyler Axness — More Than a Third of K-12 Public School Teachers in North Dakota Are Considering Leaving the Profession

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