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.
The state's fourth-largest school district is among the leaders in finding creative ways to staff classrooms.
Gov. Jerry Brown has his own idea, using $11 million in federal funding.
California is in the midst of a serious and growing teacher shortage and state leaders must invest in building a prepared and stable teacher workforce.
After 20 years on the job, a fiscal analyst begins a new career as a high school teacher.
Statewide efforts to increase the number of math and science teachers have had some impact.
To help solve California's math and science teacher shortage, new programs aim to help mid-career professionals switch careers.
The Trump Administration has proposed eliminating Title II teacher training programs in 2017-18.
However, twice in the past, they overwhelmingly rejected ballot initiatives that would have allowed vouchers.
Many are filling the gap with intern teachers and those with short-term permits.
Layoffs are local, but teacher shortages are statewide.
California would be first state to exempt income taxes for teachers. The income tax bill joins others bills aimed at easing state's teacher shortage.
Most teachers receiving layoff notices will eventually have them rescinded in coming weeks as districts receive better state budget estimates.
Amid the state's teacher shortage, California issued more than 10,200 intern credentials, permits and waivers to underprepared teachers so they could work in classrooms in 2015-16.
Teachers call on legislators for support in five key areas.
The incentive is aimed at increasing the number of math, science, bilingual education and special education teachers.