Shortage of Teachers Some places nationwide…..

Not in the New York Metro area…..

But other places ?….Yea….

Across the country, districts are struggling with shortages of teachers, particularly in math, science and special education — a result of the layoffs of the recession years combined with an improving economy in which fewer people are training to be teachers.

At the same time, a growing number of English-language learners are entering public schools, yet it is increasingly difficult to find bilingual teachers. So schools are looking for applicants everywhere they can — whether out of state or out of country — and wooing candidates earlier and quicker.

Some are even asking prospective teachers to train on the job, hiring novices still studying for their teaching credentials, with little, if any, classroom experience.

Louisville, Ky.; Nashville; Oklahoma City; and Providence, R.I., are among the large urban school districts having trouble finding teachers, according to the Council of the Great City Schools, which represents large urban districts. Just one month before the opening of classes, Charlotte, N.C., was desperately trying to fill 200 vacancies.

Nationwide, many teachers were laid off during the recession, but the situation was particularly acute in California, which lost 82,000 jobs in schools from 2008 to 2012,…

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2 thoughts on “Shortage of Teachers Some places nationwide…..”

  1. It would really help to attract and keep teachers if they weren’t under constant attack from a combination of old-time conservatives and the Education Reform movement to standardize curriculum and to hire and fire teachers based on all these high-stakes tests and evaluations.

    Providence suffers from a syndrome that no one fully understands (but that many explain differently upon their ideological, professional or material position).

    Providence pays quite high salaries but gets poor results, partly because of a high proportion of English learners and families who don’t read. Plus the city’s budget (dependent on property tax where half the property is tax-exempt institutions) is in constant peril. In the first spring (2011) of Angel Taveras’s mayoralty, the School Board appointed by the mayor sent every teacher in the district a notice that he or she was subject to termination, because the district didn’t know how many teachers it could rehire in the fall. This shattered an unusually harmonious cooperation with the Providence Teachers Union on educational experimentation and reform.

  2. Yes DSD….

    The piece does NOT deal in-depth with how much teacchers (And their unions) are under attack….

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