The United States’ growing teaching shortage: How it looks state by state
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There are growing teacher shortages in various states across the country (despite some media reports that insist otherwise) and the problem looks like it is only going to get worse. The numbers, which you can see in the interactive map below, tell the story.
According to a recent study, titled “A Coming Crisis in Teaching? Teacher Supply, Demand and Shortages in the U.S.” (see below):
Tens of thousands of teachers were hired in the fall of 2015 on emergency or temporary credentials beo meet these needs, and the same pattern has emerged as schools opened in 2016. In addition to hiring individuals who are not prepared to teach, districts and schools facing shortages have a small number of undesirable options: They can increase class sizes, cancel classes, use short-term substitutes, or assign teachers from other fields to fill vacancies. All of these stopgap solutions undermine the quality of education, especially for the students who most need effective schools.
Nearly every state has reported some shortage of teachers to the U.S. Education Department, but the problems are different from state to state, according to the report, published by the nonprofit Learning Policy Institute, which is headed by Linda Darling-Hammond, seen as the nation’s leading expert on teacher preparation and Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University.
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