California has been experiencing a shortage of teachers, especially in special education, bilingual education, and science, technology, engineering and technology, or STEM for some years. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the problem. EdSource is tracking how the shortage is impacting different districts and regions statewide. Many are working on aggressive tactics to recruit and retain teachers, including offering bonuses and other incentives, and building teacher “residency” programs.
Once past Covid disruptions, many school districts face a long-term predicament: budget cuts forced by projected declines in enrollment.
School superintendents, already dealing with severe staff shortages, are concerned that testing and vaccine mandates could make matters worse.
California public schools must act now and think differently to close Covid-related staff shortages.
At least five rural schools temporarily closed this week to stop Covid outbreaks from spreading. More are planning to close next week.
California's already dire substitute shortage has become a crisis for some schools. Districts are responding by increasing salaries, asking parents for help.
California teacher candidates no longer have to take two of the four tests usually required to earn a teaching credential.
This is a pivotal opportunity for our state to proactively meet the demand for passionate, qualified teachers.
College savings accounts, universal transitional kindergarten, new community schools, teacher recruitment incentives are a signature away.
Getting more Black men into the teaching profession requires substantial solutions and audacious reforms.
A longstanding teacher shortage grew worse during the pandemic, and districts will have to decide which programs to staff and those they won't.
A program that prepares bilingual teachers for dual-language classrooms in California is set to end this month, potentially worsening a shortage.
California's legislators recommend approving a budget proposal that would reduce the number of tests required to earn a teaching credential.
California school districts have plenty of money for robust summer school programs this year, but teachers may just be too tired to sign up.
With a continuing surge in revenue, the governor would expand community schools and create a $500 college savings account for every low-income first grader.
A growing teacher shortage could make it difficult to reopen school campuses, which are required to have smaller class sizes.