California has been experiencing a shortage of teachers, especially in special education, bilingual education, and science, technology, engineering and math 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.
Supporters of new funding for teacher recruitment programs said they're disappointed in Gov. Jerry Brown's initial state budget proposal.
School employees in 25 school districts or county offices of education who want to become teachers are eligible to receive annual grants of up to $4,000 as part of an effort to add more teachers to the workforce.
The grants support programs that allow students to get a bachelor's degree and teaching credential in four years.
Although most were able to fill their positions, many offered residency programs and financial incentives to do that.
Among the 211 districts that participated in the survey, 75 percent indicated having a shortage of qualified teachers for the current school year.
If the ballot measure passes, it will likely increase the demand for bilingual teachers, who are already in short supply.
Despite an increase in the number of candidates in teacher preparation programs, too few are seeking careers in math and science.
More than a third of teachers are projected to retire by 2023-24 in 20 mostly smalll counties.
School choice bills die; computer science, ethnic studies are pushed forward.
Most of California's largest school districts filled nearly all their job openings.
More than half of voters never heard of state's Local Control Funding Formula.
The district hired more than 400 teachers before school started last week.
The districts are no longer restricted from matching pay and years of work experience.
Plan would support "blended" teacher preparation programs.