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According to Newsweek and other reports on the 22nd, for many years, American public schools have been struggling with a shortage of teachers, especially in mathematics, science, special education and language, and the new crown epidemic has exacerbated this problem. The teaching pressure brought about by the epidemic has led to a surge in the number of faculty retirees and resignations. Some school districts in the United States provide signing bonuses of up to $6000 to fill personnel vacancies during the epidemic.
A primary school student in California put on a mask with the help of his teacher, AP data map
Bonus up to $6000
Adam Clark, head of the Diablo mountain United School District, which provides services to 28000 students east of San Francisco, said that the school district will provide $5000 signing bonus for language pathology teachers and $1500 for auxiliary educators who help students meet their learning needs. The San Francisco United campus will provide a similar number of bonuses to fill 100 positions of auxiliary educators. The West cantracosta County United School District will provide teachers with bonuses of up to $6000, of which $2000 will be paid after the first month of signing the contract and the rest after three years of school.
School districts in other states, including Oklahoma, North Carolina and New Jersey, also provide cash incentives for teachers, especially those who enter low-income or low-performance schools.
Many schools were closed for lack of teachers
According to the associated press, the teaching pressure brought by the epidemic has triggered a surge in the retirement and resignation of teaching staff. Schools also need to hire staff such as tutors and special assistants to make up for the loss of learning during the epidemic, and need more teachers to open online schools for those who are not ready to return.
It is reported that there is a shortage of teachers in Tennessee, New Jersey and South Dakota, and it is difficult to fill vacancies. One school district has 120 teachers vacant at the beginning of the school year. In Texas, major districts in Houston, Waco and elsewhere reported hundreds of teaching vacancies at the beginning of the year.
Due to the lack of teachers, several schools in the United States have to close their classrooms.
In Michigan, East Point Community School suddenly changed its middle school back to distance learning this week because it didn’t have enough teachers. This small area north of Detroit has 43 vacancies – a quarter of its faculty. Several middle school teachers resigned without notice last week, spokesman Caitlin kinitz said.
The pandemic has exacerbated the loss of teachers
According to a survey of 2690 members of the National Education Association in June this year, 32% said that the pandemic prompted them to plan to leave the industry ahead of schedule. Another survey by Rand Corporation, an American think tank, said that the pandemic has exacerbated the loss, burnout and stress of teachers. Teachers are almost twice as likely to feel work-related stress as other employed adults, and almost three times as likely to suffer from depression.
Linda darling Hammond, President of the California Board of education, said the shortage of teachers was “really a national problem”. A school district in West Contra Costa County, California, is considering hiring math educators from outside the state to teach online, while substitutes personally supervise students. Darling Hammond said the shortage was worrying and schools would hire unqualified teachers, especially in low-income communities, where it was already difficult to fill vacancies.
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