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"The percentage of California educators reaching retirement age is rising rapidly, while the number of newly credentialed teachers has decreased for the seventh year in a row, new reports show.
The findings have important implications for school budgets and staffing, as older educators typically command higher salaries and will need a new workforce to take their place at retirement.
More than 23 percent of educators – including teachers, school nurses, speech therapists and administrators – were ages 56 to 65 in 2009-10, up from 14.2 percent in 1995-96, according to research released last month by the Regional Educational Laboratory West at WestEd.