The emerging shortage of teachers in a growing number of districts and subject areas has cast a cold light on the numerous challenges facing the teaching profession. These include salaries that are much lower than those in jobs or professions that require as much or less academic preparation, an expectation that teachers can mitigate the impact of income levels and neighborhood conditions on academic performance, and the dwindling amount to time teachers have for professional learning and collaboration with other teachers. EdSource examines these challenges — and what can be done to overcome them.
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.
As California's student population has grown and become much more diverse, teachers need support from parents, community members and lawmakers to ensure all students get the public education they deserve.
The longtime education leader says public schools must serve the needs of parents and students as the Trump administration focuses on school choice.
Assembly Bill 1220 would require teachers to spend three years in the classroom before getting tenure.
California and Washington appear in sync on at least one issue: local control of schools.
However, twice in the past, they overwhelmingly rejected ballot initiatives that would have allowed vouchers.
The National Math + Science Initiative program has led to improved Advanced Placement test scores in more than 725 schools in 34 states over three years.
Many are filling the gap with intern teachers and those with short-term permits.
Layoffs are local, but teacher shortages are statewide.