California is experiencing a shortage of teachers, especially in special education, bilingual education, and science, technology, engineering and technology, or STEM. EdSource Today 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.
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.
Most additional money would feed Local Control Funding Formula.
CSU foresees teachers with dual credentials as one solution.