Teacher shortages are real and becoming worse, presenting serious threats to the quality of public education. The shortages may also impact the management of teacher retirement systems that provide educators
Teacher shortages are real and becoming worse, presenting serious threats to the quality of public education. The shortages may also impact the management of teacher retirement systems that provide educators with a secure retirement.
More than half of educators (55 percent) are thinking about retiring or leaving education earlier than they had planned, based on a recent National Education Association (NEA) survey. This is true for educators regardless of age or years teaching, driving buses, or serving meals to students. Insufficient pay is seen as one of the primary reasons why fewer people are entering the profession, and one of the causes for more to leave, but there are also other factors behind what has been a years-long teacher shortage.
To better understand the various factors at play, the impact on the quality of public education, and what can be done to change the situation, join us on Thursday, May 19, at 3 PM/ET, as Director of Federal Relations Leigh Snell has a candid, wide-ranging discussion with Princess Moss, NEA’s Vice President. [Princess is an elementary school music teacher from Louisa County, Virginia, and the daughter of two school bus drivers. She was elected NEA vice president in 2020. She is an outspoken, inspirational advocate on the topics of racial and social justice in education as well as ensuring that every public-school student has an opportunity to achieve the American Dream.]
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