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Teachers say workload up, well-being down in pandemic year

Toledo Blade |

A Toledo Blade survey, asked public school teachers across northwest Ohio to describe how things are going in their schools. The survey received 98 responses from teachers in Lucas, Wood, Allen, Williams, Van Wert, Putnam, Hancock, Ottawa, and Sandusky counties.

Ninety-four percent of the teachers said their workload has increased this year, and 79 percent said their personal well-being has decreased, results showed. Responses were anonymous but teachers reported working up to 25 additional hours outside of the school day each week to prepare lessons or get caught up.

Sixty-six percent of respondents said their district did not properly prepare them for remote learning, whether full time or part. Predominantly, they criticized unclear or ever-changing expectations and lack of training on the technology that would become their lifeline.

Tim Myers, executive director of the Northwestern Ohio Education Association, said the results mirror what he’s been hearing from his members all along. Many of them have been asking tough questions about whether they could afford early retirement.

Additional results in the full article.