A large number of teachers are expected to retire at year's end
Changes to the state's pension system for teachers is prompting many to call it quits early.
"I think there are a lot of people who may be in year 30, 31, 32 that may have previously thought about continuing to 35 or beyond, but the changes make it financially more advantageous for them to retire this year," said Kirk Hamilton, executive director of the Buckeye Association of School Administrators.
Hamilton says there are two sides to the increased number of retirements. On one side you have the fact that school districts will be able to hire new teachers at lower salaries.
"The flip side to that is that you have lots of experience and lots of talent, institutional history and institutional knowledge and stability that's walking out the door with those experienced people," he said.
Replacing those retiring teachers is generally easier in suburban school districts than it is in rural districts, according to Hamilton.
Despite all the news of school budget cuts, Hamilton thinks it's a great time to get into the profession.
"If a person has a strong desire to be a teacher and they care about kids and they want to provide students those opportunities it's always a good time to enter the profession," he said.