Despite the headlines, there is no generic shortage of teachers (“What we do (and don’t) know about teacher shortages, and what can be done about them,” npr, Mar. 22). Affluent suburban districts, for example, have no trouble finding qualified teachers who make the classroom their career.
It’s largely poor districts that face a chronic shortage. Low salaries plus daunting obstacles beyond the control of teachers deter applicants. I see little hope for substantially improving matters. Yes, higher salaries will temporarily attract candidates, but I doubt they will remain.
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