U.S. faces a shortage of qualified teachers

“In California, the number of people entering teacher preparation programs dropped by more than 55 percent from 2008 to 2012,” the New York Times reports. “Nationally, the drop was 30 percent from 2010 to 2014.”

Seeing stagnating wages and teacher layoffs during the recession, “prospective teachers became wary of accumulating debt or training for jobs that might not exist. As the economy has recovered, college graduates have more employment options with better pay and a more glamorous image, like in a rebounding technology sector.”

The Times reports that some school districts are hiring teachers to start working even before they complete their degrees.

At the local, state, and national levels, officials need to ensure that they are offering good career prospects to people who train to be teachers.

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