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Rural school districts in Texas are switching to four-day weeks this fall due to lack of staff. Florida is asking veterans with no teaching background to enter classrooms. Arizona is allowing college students to step in and instruct children.
The teacher shortage in America has hit crisis levels — and school officials everywhere are scrambling to ensure that, as students return to classrooms, someone will be there to educate them.
The article goes on to state the following:
It is hard to know exactly how many U.S. classrooms are short of teachers for the 2022-2023 school year; no national database precisely tracks the issue. But state- and district-level reports have emerged across the country detailing staffing gaps that stretch from the hundreds to the thousands — and remain wide open as summer winds rapidly to a close.
“I have never seen it this bad,” said Dan Domenech, executive director of the School Superintendents Association. “Right now it’s number one on the list of issues that are concerning school districts … necessity is the mother of invention, and hard-pressed districts are going to have to come up with some solutions.”
The Post notes that while there is no database, and therefore no solid figures, on the exact number of classrooms that have a teacher shortage, there are other indicators. For example, state- and district-level reports from all around the country show there are staffing gaps in the hundreds to the thousands.
Statistics the Post listed include:
- The Nevada State Education Association estimated around 3,000 teaching jobs were unfilled across the state’s 17 school districts
- The Illinois Association of Regional School Superintendents found that 88 percent of school districts statewide were having “problems with teacher shortages.”
- In the Houston area, the biggest five school districts reported between 200 and 1,000 open teaching positions.
Teachers are so scarce that superintendents have started to alert each other when educators move between states.
“We’re at a point right now, where if I have people who want to move to California, I call up and give a reference very quick,” Carlton Jenkins, superintendent of the Madison Metropolitan School District in Wisconsin, said. “And if someone is coming from another place — say, Minnesota — I have superintendent colleagues in Minnesota, they call and say, ‘Hey, I have teachers coming your way.’ ”
America *caused* a catastrophic teacher shortage by treating teachers like shit https://t.co/G6nhlH04H8
— Prof. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, Child of Uhura (@IBJIYONGI) August 4, 2022
So many solutions in this article are about lowering the bar for entry into the profession. Teachers deserve higher pay, better resources, and a lot more respect. Until those are guaranteed, I fear we’re only going to continue seeing pieces like this. https://t.co/yIDuL4LO0K
— Chasten Buttigieg (@Chasten) August 4, 2022
Rural school districts in Texas are switching to four-day weeks this fall due to lack of staff. Florida is asking veterans with no teaching background to enter classrooms.
The teacher shortage in America has hit crisis levels. https://t.co/ZynQwAQJEX
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 4, 2022
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