Teacher shortages continue… Here’s what New Jersey is doing to make it easier to hire more
New Jersey is relaxing teacher certification requirements and implementing laws to make it easier for public schools to hire teachers, but that will not fix an ongoing teacher shortage in the state, a new report warns.
If the state does not take additional action soon, there will not be enough qualified candidates to replace teachers leaving the profession, said Mark Weber, author of the report and a public school teacher.
Fueling the shortage is a steep decline in the number of people entering the field. An aging population of teachers and pandemic-related burnout and retirements are only part of the problem. State lawmakers must take drastic action to attract youth and newcomers into the field, says the report, published by New Jersey Policy Perspective, a progressive think tank that also receives funding from a major teachers’ union, the New Jersey Education Association.
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