Sunday, June 25, 2017

Is There a Teacher Shortage, or Even A "Looming" Teacher Shortage, In California?

Probably not:
Should taxpayers underwrite special benefits to attract new teachers, such as affordable housing, expanded maternity leave and tax breaks?

California lawmakers have put forward a raft of proposals offering extra perks for teachers this session, prompted by what supporters say is an urgent need to do more to encourage people to get into the profession or stay there.

“Due to the extreme shortage of teachers in the state, many school districts must seek opportunities to attract qualified teachers,” Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, said of his bill meant to increase the supply of affordable housing for teachers.

Available data, though, doesn’t back up such dire assessments of the state’s overall teacher supply. 
And this is from the major Sacramento newspaper, hardly a conservative or anti-teacher mouthpiece.

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Pseudotsuga said...

I see frequent job postings in Higher Ed for California schools.
There is nothing there to compel me to apply for any of those jobs at the salaries listed, knowing what I know about California, its pension bomb, and so on.
Nearly all those jobs are in the smaller areas of the Central Valley, which is much too hot and dry for my tastes.

Ellen K said...

When you don't pay teachers enough to live in a district, you're going to end up with a shortage.
When you require teacher adhere to unrealistic and unfavorable working circumstance, you're going to end up with a shortage.
When you back up students and parents and political groups before you do your teachers, you're going to end up with a shortage.