The Alliance’s report on teacher attrition cited in South Dakota TribuneAccording to a report from the Alliance for Excellent Education, nearly half a million U.S. teachers either move or leave the profession each year. This movement costs the United States up to $2.2 billion annually, according to the report. The turnover rate is seriously compromising the nation’s capacity to ensure that all students have access to skilled teaching. According to the report, the cost of teachers leaving the profession pales in comparison to the loss of human potential in the students. As qualified teachers leave the profession because they can make more in another, less stressful, less time- consuming position, they are being replaced by younger, less experienced teachers.