Staff Shortages

Education news, analysis, and opinion about challenges associated with having unfilled school or district staff positions.
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Recruitment & Retention Emergency Certified Teachers: Are They a Viable Solution to Shortages?
Emergency teachers are in bigger demand than ever. Can states and districts make smarter use of them?
Elizabeth Heubeck, June 29, 2022
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Recruitment & Retention Contractors Are Filling Staffing Gaps in Schools. Know the Benefits and the Drawbacks
Schools turn to private companies for help filling positions with no local job candidates. It can be costly, but some say it's a big help.
Mark Lieberman, June 29, 2022
7 min read
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Teacher Preparation States Relax Teacher Certification Rules to Combat Shortages
Faced with an uneven supply of teaching talent, states are lowering the bar on some licensing hoops.
Madeline Will, June 28, 2022
5 min read
Recruitment & Retention Spotlight Spotlight on Staffing Challenges
This Spotlight will help you see how one principal dodged the staffing shortage, look at ways to build a healthier school culture, and more.
June 20, 2022
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Recruitment & Retention 6 Insights on Teaching Shortages
Pandemic teaching shifts, bad press, and uneven workloads all contribute, said panelists at a webinar this week.
Apoorvaa Mandar Bichu, June 16, 2022
3 min read
New Mexico Army National Guard specialist Michael Stockwell helps Alamogordo High School freshman Aiden Cruzon Feb. 8, 2022, in Alamogordo, N.M. Dozens of National Guard Army and Air Force troops in New Mexico stepped in to assist with the shortage of teachers and school staff members during the coronavirus pandemic.
New Mexico Army National Guard specialist Michael Stockwell helps Alamogordo High School freshman Aiden Cruzon Feb. 8, 2022, in Alamogordo, N.M. Dozens of National Guard Army and Air Force troops in New Mexico stepped in to assist with the shortage of teachers and school staff members during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Recruitment & Retention Video How Can We Solve the Teacher Staffing Shortage?
Peter DeWitt and his guests discuss how leaders can create an environment in which educators feel valued and rewarded for their work.
Peter DeWitt, June 16, 2022
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Recruitment & Retention Schools Warned to Expect Wage Pressures for the Foreseeable Future
A report from the Fitch Ratings says districts with low credit ratings may find it hard to entice workers amid staff shortages.
Mark Lieberman, June 15, 2022
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Students board buses at Frances Slocum Elementary School in Marion, Ind., after classes on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. Marion Community Schools is looking for more bus drivers.
Students board buses at Frances Slocum Elementary School in Marion, Ind., where the school district has struggled to fill open positions for bus drivers—part of the larger wave of staffing shortages in schools.
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Recruitment & Retention How School Staffing Shortages Are Hurting Students
Essential nonteaching school employees are in high demand, and when their positions go unfilled, high-need students suffer most.
Mark Lieberman, June 15, 2022
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Angela Alfaro, a paraprofessional at Pascual LeDoux Academy in Denver, holds out a bag for students to drop their trash in after lunch, one of many duties she performs to help the classroom run smoothly.
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Staffing Our Schools Special Report Why Staffing Schools Is Harder Than Ever
Why schools are struggling to recruit and retain staff and how it affects student learning.
June 15, 2022
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Recruitment & Retention Collection Staffing Our Schools
Why schools are struggling to recruit and retain staff and how education leaders can start to solve the problem.
June 15, 2022
A bus full of meals drives down a road as Chattahoochee County schools provides meals for their students for the last time before summer break on Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Cusseta, Ga.
Bus drivers provide the start and end to many students' school days—playing a critical role in learning. But with relatively low pay and challenging working conditions, veteran drivers are leaving for other jobs and districts are struggling to fill open positions with new ones.
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Recruitment & Retention 'It's Hard to See the Perks': Schools Face Tough Sell in Filling Key Jobs
Bus drivers and other K-12 workers say they are underpaid for the difficult jobs they do to keep schools running.
Mark Lieberman, June 15, 2022
6 min read
Recruitment & Retention Live Online Discussion A Seat at the Table: Staffing Issues Are Not New. What Do We Do for Next Year?
School staffing shortages are a critical issue. Learn what schools can do to retain and recruit high quality and engaging teachers.
June 15, 2022
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Recruitment & Retention Using Virtual Teachers to Help Fill Vacancies: Some Pros and Cons
For-profit companies offer districts the opportunity to fill hard-to-staff positions with virtual teachers.
Alyson Klein, May 31, 2022
3 min read
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Recruitment & Retention Using Virtual Teachers to Fill Vacancies: Smart Solution or Big Mistake?
Fast-growing companies aim to solve staffing shortages by livestreaming teachers into classrooms. But critics question the approach.
Alyson Klein, May 26, 2022
8 min read