NYC Teacher Shortage Looms

NYC Teacher Shortage Looms

The media is starting to understand that there will be a teacher shortage, given how the current group of teachers skews older, enrollments in teacher training programs are declining precipitously, and people interested in teaching are turned off by the extent of testing. 

This article from Politico NY posits that it’s time to take a look at how the city recruits and trains teachers.

“We’re concerned that the pipeline of new, young teachers entering the profession won’t be there,” said Carl Korn, a spokesman for New York State United Teachers, the largest teachers’ union in the state.

… It will be particularly concentrated in certain districts, especially rural and urban ones, and certain fields, like English as a second language and in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

It cites experts saying that there’s a looming NYC teacher shortage. It gives reasons ranging from respect for teaching, finding specific certifications, to salary.

But the article does not talk about how the state is deliberately making it harder to become a teacher by raising the academic standards necessary to get into a teacher education program and in order to pass the teacher certification tests. 

As of this July, students will need a 3.0 GPA and a passing score on the GRE to enter a teaching master’s program. This means that if you have a 2.7 and have been teaching successfully, and don’t enter a master’s program by July, you’re out of time. 

Which means the shortage will be even greater. As we’ve been saying for a while, this is not going to end well.

Here’s the link.

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