Staff Shortages

Education news, analysis, and opinion about challenges associated with having unfilled school or district staff positions.
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School & District Management 5 Big Hurdles to Learning Recovery, According to District Leaders
Student absences, staffing shortages, and a lack of reliable data are among the dampers to ambitious academic plans.
Evie Blad, November 17, 2022
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A Cobb County School bus moves on street Friday, March 13, 2020, in Kennesaw, Ga.
A Cobb County School bus moves on street Friday, March 13, 2020, in Kennesaw, Ga.
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Recruitment & Retention Video One District’s Transformative Solution to Its Staffing Shortage
A suburban Virginia school district overhauled its hiring process, enabling it to address a bus driver and teacher shortfall simultaneously.
Jaclyn Borowski , November 16, 2022
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School & District Management Bus Driver Shortages Still Wreak Havoc on Schools and Students
A new report highlights the connection between school transportation challenges and absenteeism.
Mark Lieberman, November 11, 2022
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Recruitment & Retention Opinion How My District Overcame Our Dire Bus Driver Shortage
Now, the district is applying the lessons to support staff in classrooms and cafeterias, writes Superintendent Mervin B. Daugherty
Mervin B. Daugherty, November 10, 2022
5 min read
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Recruitment & Retention Q&A Could Educator Shortages Affect the Future Workforce? Here's What Business Leaders Think
Kelly Education, a school staffing agency, surveyed business leaders about their concerns.
Madeline Will, November 7, 2022
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Recruitment & Retention Opinion A Better Plan for Addressing Teacher Shortages
Be careful that stopgap staffing solutions don’t endanger our long-term goals of placing experienced teachers where they are needed most.
Jonas Zuckerman, October 28, 2022
4 min read
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Special Education States Are Desperate for Special Ed. Teachers. But They Can't Cut Corners to Get Them
The Education Department warns states not to lower standards, even as districts frantically search for skilled special educators.
Madeline Will, October 25, 2022
8 min read
Gabriela Muriente teaches her third grade class at Bailey’s Upper Elementary School in Falls Church, Va., on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022.
Gabriela Muriente, who moved from Puerto Rico to teach in the mainland United States, leads her 3rd grade Spanish immersion class at Bailey’s Upper Elementary School in Falls Church, Va., earlier this month.
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Recruitment & Retention School Districts Look Overseas to Fill Teacher Shortages
District leaders say tapping into a teacher pipeline beyond the mainland U.S. is vital.
Elizabeth Heubeck, October 21, 2022
7 min read
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Photo of job section in newspaper.
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Recruitment & Retention 5 Strategies States Are Using to Fill Teacher Shortages
After months of scrambling, states have settled on a handful of practices. But experts say some could weaken the quality of teaching.
Madeline Will, October 17, 2022
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Special Education Special Education During the Pandemic, in Charts
Key data points show the challenges students with disabilities have faced during remote learning and pandemic recovery.
Evie Blad, October 17, 2022
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Recruitment & Retention Schools Are Still Understaffed. Here's How Hard-Pressed Principals Are Responding
Filling hard-to-staff vacancies takes time away from other tasks for principals juggling a multitude of responsibilities.
Denisa R. Superville, October 13, 2022
9 min read
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Science 3 Big Challenges to Expanding Computer Science Classes and How to Overcome Them
Districts struggle to find teachers, keep up with a fast-changing field, and address racial and gender disparities in course enrollment.
Alyson Klein, October 12, 2022
4 min read
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Recruitment & Retention Could Retired Teachers Be the Answer to Shortages? It's Complicated
Some hard-pressed states are letting retired teachers "double dip" and collect their pension on top of a new salary.
Madeline Will, October 11, 2022
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Recruitment & Retention From Our Research Center Schools’ Staffing Challenges Persist in New Year
Schools are still struggling to fill special education and other positions as the school year gets underway.
Caitlynn Peetz, October 5, 2022
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