Teacher shortage
American public schools are facing a teacher shortage of epic proportion. This is due to the retirement of Baby Boom teachers, increasing pupil enrollment, and laws limiting the size of classrooms. It is estimated we may need to hire at least 450,000 new teachers and administrators before the end of the decade to avoid a critical shortage. Particularly acute is the shortage of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers. Already, many school districts are short-handed and overly dependent on substitute teachers, many of whom are not certified. Compensation for teachers, particularly for public school teachers, has historically lagged behind other comparable occupations. Education advocates say this must change if a critical shortage is to be averted. Some advocates claim our teacher shortage is not so much a shortage in absolute numbers as it is in distribution. There has long been a shortage of teachers in certain geographic regions of our country. It has been difficult to find qualified teachers who are willing to teach in rural and urban areas, particularly in schools which serve low-income and minority students. Some claim that producing new and qualified teachers is not the problem, but that shortages are caused by high turnover rates, particularly among the most qualified and effective educators. Presumably, many of these professionals have moved on to more financially rewarding sectors.

Pending Legislation:
H.R.833 - Diverse Teachers Recruitment Act of 2015

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