Albany -- The Georgia Association of Educators says respect for teachers is critical to solving the shortage of educators.
The G-A-E is calling for better pay and working conditions for teachers, saying that will spark future economic development in the state.
20-percent of all new teachers leave education by the end of their third year.
G-A-E President Jeff Hubbard says a lack of respect for teachers hurts schools' ability to attract good people to the profession. Hubbard said "The more money you can put into public education, the better training you provide and the better future workers you prepare for the businesses. The better businesses that can come to your area, the greater the economic impact. So it is a cycle of improvement. "
Hubbard says parental involvement and community support are also essential to provide the best quality education for students.