More than 160 teachers have left their positions since Sept. 11, 2001, according to a study of 188 Lutheran schools in greater metropolitan New York and New Jersey.
The survey by the Lutheran Schools Association and Lutheran Disaster Response of New York also shows that 115 of those teachers were from New York City Lutheran schools and that 50 percent of the administrators at Lutheran schools within the five boroughs have sought other employment or left the city. Enrollment at Lutheran schools declined since Sept. 11 because of economic hardship and family relocation, and three schools closed.
Many teachers report "compassion fatigue," says Marlene Lund, association director.
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