Kansas Ed Officials See Silver Lining

By Vaishali Honawar — December 08, 2008 1 min read
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There could be a silver lining to the cloud of economic gloom, after all. And the education department folks over in Kansas say they’ve found it.

The struggling economy, officials in the state’s education department say, could bring more people into teaching and cause fewer to leave the profession.

A teaching license is like a safety valve for many, Alexa Posny, Kansas’ education commissioner, told the Topeka Capital-Journal. Existing teachers, she feels, will likely will be slower to leave the profession to retire or pursue another career, and more college students may see teaching as a dependable profession to pursue.

Sounds plausible. But I do wonder about this, Kansas: Aren’t more districts worrying right now about having to lay off teachers, rather than finding new ones to hire?

Go, figure.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Beat blog.