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Just a few
years ago, teachers were being laid off due to the recession and forced to seek
alternative careers. Since the economy appears to be on an upswing, school
districts can afford to hire new teachers but they are having a tough time
finding people who will answer the call.
no longer in a layoff situation," Monica Vasquez, chief human resources officer
for the San Francisco Unified School District, told the New York Times. "But
there is an impending teacher shortage," Ms. Vasquez added, before correcting
herself: "It's not impending. It's here."
district offered early contracts to 140 teachers last spring in a bid to secure
candidates before other districts snapped them up.
York Times reports that school districts are aggressively recruiting prospective
teachers from around the country. Some are even asking prospects to train on
the job with little, if any, classroom experience.
Kentucky.; Nashville; Oklahoma City; and Providence, Rhode Island, 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
Students may have veered away from the education profession due to job insecurity and new options for careers in technology. In
California, the number of people entering teacher preparation programs dropped
by more than 55 percent from 2008 to 2012, according to the
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Nationally, the drop
was 30 percent from 2010 to 2014, according to federal data.
increase in students who are learning English as a second language also affects
the teacher shortage that is sweeping the nation since these students need
teachers like Jenny Cavins who still has a semester to finish before she
graduates will begin teaching third
grade — in both English and Spanish — at Flowery Elementary School in Sonoma.
applicant pool was next to nothing," Esmeralda Sanchez Moseley, the principal
at Flowery told the New York Times. "It's crazy. Six years ago, this would not
have happened, but now that is the landscape we are in."