I was not able to blog for a while – but my news feed certainly showed that the Teachers Wanted signs are up everywhere in the U.S.
Best headline of the week! “Fresno Unified recruits educators from Starbucks to Mexico” and they still are 50 short. “We’ve recruited from the dog park, from The Cheesecake Factory and Starbucks. Wherever we go, we recruit constantly,” said Cyndy Quintana, human relations administrator for the district. “There is a teacher shortage, but Fresno Unified is alive and well and being creative. Everyday is an interview.”
Kansas create a committee under the notion that the shortage can be solved by keeping teachers in – will see if that helps. Garden City Kansas still experiencing teacher shortage – people quit right before the start of the school year even though there is a $400 fine.
New York really feeling the teacher shortage due to a significant drop in education majors
Pennsylvania was a supply state – no more: ““We learned recently at the Pennsylvania Leadership Summit, as well as through Kelly Services (a regional staffing agency), the nation is at risk… of a teacher shortage,” Jez said to the directors and audience. “Pennsylvania, in 2010, was graduating between 15,000 and 16,000 teachers, annually… This past spring [semester], less than 5,000 teaching certificates were issued, statewide. That’s 10,000 less than six years ago”
Florida Panhandle experiencing a shortage – teacher recruitment getting aggressive
Washington Tri-Cities area still has 50 teacher openings
Illinois class sizes climb higher due to teacher shortages – some as high as 35 students
Minnesota teacher shortage – new teacher licenses down 7%
Elko School District in Nevada still has 105 openings.
Small parish in Louisiana still experiencing critical teacher shortages and the teachers wanted signs are out!
Charles County Maryland still needs 90 teachers with school starting
Oklahoma cut teaching positions and thought it would be immune to teacher shortages – not true as many positions are still unfilled as the “applicant pool is shrinking”.
Colorado teachers are needed as applicants shrink – More than 13,000 students enrolled in a university education degree program in the state in 2011. In 2015, that number fell 25 percent to less than 10,000. Meanwhile, the number of students who completed an education degree program during that same time period dropped 23 percent, according to the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
Arkansas wants more interest in teaching – A report by the state’s Bureau of Legislative Research, released in April, showed a precipitous decline in the number of people enrolled in teacher preparation programs, from 8,255 in 2010 to 5,258 in 2015 or a 36 percent drop.
So if the teachers wanted signs interest you, make sure you take a look at the alternative teacher certification programs we offer in Texas, Florida and now Utah!