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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

Administrators return to teaching to fill shortages

Teacher shortages are worse than ever this year, reports Hannah Natanson in the Washington Post.

Math teachers, always in short supply, are even harder to find for the new school year.

"Pandemic-induced teacher exhaustion" may be kicking in. Teachers are being asked to close ever-wider achievement gaps, while dealing with students' emotional, mental and behavior problems, in the middle of a culture war.

Arizona will hire teachers who haven't yet finished their degrees, while Florida will open teaching jobs to military veterans who've earned 60 college credits with a 2.5 (C) grade-point average.

Tucson schools may use virtual math teachers.

Other districts will send central-office administrators to classrooms, reports Natanson. I can envision some benefits in showing administrators how their policies are affecting teaching.

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Aug 04, 2022


It's so strange that I can't tell if you are kidding or not.

Your comment can play as sarcastic because later waves of pre-vaccine COVID were bigger than the March 2020 wave that closed the whole country, and schools remained open in many states with relatively little variance in health harms among open and closed states especially if you control for other demographic factors.

Or you could be completely sincere and actually believe that despite all of the clear evidence of harms to kids from schools closures and COVID policies and no evidence of lives saved that Republicans are always to blame.


Aug 04, 2022

Who in their right mind would teach in public schools, where the students run the place?


Aug 03, 2022

If the schools do not have enough teachers this year, image what would have happened in the crazed Republicans had their way and would have ignored the covid-19 pandemic in April 2020.

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