9/15/16 – 5:12 A.M.
The nation is short 60,000 teachers, and experts expect the gap to grow. That’s according to a new study published by the Learning Policy Institute in Palo Alto, California. The superintendents of several local schools tell the Courier changing education standards and increased testing are likely to blame for the problem.
Findlay City Schools Superintendent Ed Kurt says fewer teachers in the pipeline has made it harder to find quality applicants for open positions. He added it’s hard to find teachers for higher-level math and science programs. For classes like geometry and algebra II, he’s seen as few as four applicants for jobs. Kurt says the district tries to keep salaries competitive.
Cory Rawson Superintendent Bob Hlasko tells the newspaper, “Education has become less of an art and, instead, has become an assembly line.” He added the district gets about half the applications for open positions as it did in the past.
The Vanlue school district felt the shortage this year. Superintendent Traci Conley says they were still trying to fill two openings just days before the school year began. She believes school reforms have, “placed teachers in the crossfire.” She added that’s not appealing to potential educators.
Changing standards and standardized tests aren’t the only reasons for the shortage. Conley and McComb Superintendent Meri Skilliter say mass retirements by baby-boomers have led to a large amount of openings.
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