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April 11, 2018
Tales from inside Colorado’s teacher shortage: housing for horses and recruiters without interviews
With some Colorado school districts desperate to fill jobs in science, math and special education, sought-after candidates got the hard sell at a recent job fair.
Race to the Bottom
April 5, 2018
Colorado teachers can claim an unwelcome distinction: most underpaid in the nation (or close to it)
Teachers and policy makers have started to make connections between low pay here and labor unrest elsewhere.
Price of entry
March 16, 2018
Becoming a Colorado teacher could soon require fewer transcripts, more training on English learners
The package of changes also includes a slimmed-down teacher evaluation rubric, the first major revision to the rules under Colorado’s 2010 teacher effectiveness law.
March 7, 2018
Teachers union opposes 401(k)-like provision in Colorado pension overhaul bill
Republicans want to create a defined-contribution option within PERA.
February 23, 2018
Week in Review: New programs, new plans, new questions
Two of our stories this week highlight new programs that could soon be offered in Detroit’s main district. Among them: a proposal to…
January 29, 2018
What a $10,000 fellowship for rural teachers will and won’t do to address teacher shortages
The rural fellowships bill is just one of what lawmakers say will be a package of bills to address Colorado’s difficulties filling some teacher jobs.
January 25, 2018
University of Memphis, Shelby County Schools forge new partnership to address teacher shortage
The college announces plans to launch its Urban Education Teacher Prep program by fall of 2019 under new dean Kandi Hill-Clarke.
Classrooms without teachers
January 9, 2018
In many large school districts, hundreds of teaching positions were unfilled as school year began
In the country’s largest school districts, thousands of students started the school year without a permanent teacher, according to data from public records.
January 4, 2018
Five takeaways from Chalkbeat’s legislative preview discussion with lawmakers
Colorado legislators gave a preview into the education issues that will be part of the 2018 session including funding, teacher shortage and full-day kindergarten.
year in review
December 22, 2017
State leaders took a hard look at the teacher shortage in 2017
The problem of teacher shortages has plagued some Colorado school districts for years, but it reached a tipping point of sorts in 2017.
Struggling Detroit schools
December 5, 2017
A Detroit district plan would allow ‘master teachers’ to coach less experienced colleagues and reduce class sizes
The program will enable schools to have model classrooms where less experienced teachers can go to watch master teachers work.
November 21, 2017
A minimum salary for Colorado teachers? State officials may ask lawmakers to consider it.
The report, assembled at the request of the legislature, also proposes a marketing campaign and scholarships to attract new teachers to rural areas.
November 1, 2017
More money for education, help for charters and marijuana taxes to tackle teacher shortages headline Hick budget
Colorado's governor John Hickenlooper published his proposed 2018 budget on Wednesday asking for an increase to school funding and a reduction in the negative factor.
October 31, 2017
A simple solution for solving teacher shortages: pay incentives for hard-to-find educators
A new study offers a straightforward solution to teacher shortages: give bonuses or provide loan forgiveness to teachers in positions that are hard to staff.
September 20, 2017
What a dearth of teachers means for a school in a one-stoplight Colorado town
In rural Otis, school leaders are struggling to find teachers at a time when poverty is on the rise among its students.
August 23, 2017
Colorado education officials hope these three ideas will reverse the state teacher shortage
The state departments of education and higher education must complete a strategic plan to curb the teacher shortage by December.
July 28, 2017
It’s hard to find qualified early childhood teachers. Here’s what one Denver provider is doing about it.
Child care centers across Colorado have a hard time finding qualified staff. A new effort by one Denver provider aims to help remedy the problem.
home sweet home
July 24, 2017
‘Finally! Something useful’ or a dangerous mistake? Detroiters respond to city’s housing deal for teachers
Some readers had high hopes for the deal, but others questioned who really benefits.
Week In Review
June 30, 2017
The week in review: Goodbye, EAA and master teachers. Hello, Alycia Meriweather and Big Sean
Long-struggling schools in a special turnaround district are returning to Detroit’s district — just as new schools chief Nikolai Vitti shakes up the central administration.
town hall tour
June 13, 2017
Now is your chance to weigh in on how Colorado should reverse its teacher shortage
State lawmakers earlier this year passed legislation calling for such a plan, which is due to lawmakers by the end of the year.
Week In Review
June 9, 2017
Week in review: A morning in a crowded classroom and 13 other things you should know about Detroit education
There was a lot to read about Detroit schools this week including our peek inside a Detroit classroom where 37…
March 17, 2017
Colorado’s rural schools need teachers and want lawmakers to help
Lawmakers are considering three bills that supporters believe could help schools — especially those in rural areas like La Veta — combat a teacher shortage that is only expected to get worse.
November 16, 2016
To tackle teacher shortage, start with giving teachers the respect they deserve, superintendents say
Colorado school superintendents and business leaders gathered to discuss the burgeoning teacher shortage.
October 31, 2016
Teacher shortage turnaround? Indiana sees higher demand for licenses than last year
In 2016, 4,552 college grads earned their initial practitioner licenses. That’s an 18 percent increase over 2015.
October 13, 2016
Recruiting teachers to rural Colorado: Smaller classrooms and more freedom, but about that salary …
Short-term help is on the way for Colorado's rural school districts suffering from the strain of chronic teacher shortages.
New in town
September 7, 2016
Indianapolis Teach for America attracts fewer teachers but they are more diverse
32 percent of incoming Teach For America corp members are people of color.
Updated August 30, 2016
Calling all new math teachers: Shelby County Schools wants to give you $5,000
A shortage of high school math teachers in Memphis has Shelby County Schools willing to award a $5,000 signing bonus to those hired after Aug. 15.
July 25, 2016
As students look different in Southern Indiana, will teachers change too?
It’s not just unfilled teaching jobs that present a challenge for Indiana schools. Another struggle is hiring teachers who reflect the ethnic and racial makeup…
July 13, 2016
Ritz: Indiana teacher shortage still a problem, needs to be addressed
Ritz’s effort continues a conversation that began last year when some Indiana districts reported problems finding teachers and keeping them in the classroom.
June 14, 2016
Want to be a career and technical ed teacher? The state just eased the process
Responding to a shortage of career and technical education teachers, the state made it easier to become one on Tuesday.
February 25, 2016
Aspiring teacher scholarship bill gutted in Senate panel after concerns over costs
The bill's author, House Speaker Brian Bosma, said he wants to bring the program back in later discussions.
February 3, 2016
Plan to change teacher pay and pensions passes after emotional debate
House Bill 1004 moves on for consideration in the Senate starting next week.
January 28, 2016
Union backers say bill could wreck Indiana's teacher pay system
The bill would let superintendents give more pay to current teachers as well as job applicants.
January 21, 2016
Teacher scholarship bill passes committee but could leave current students out
As it's written, the scholarships would not be available to students who graduated high school before June 2016.
January 20, 2016
Stacked education bill could see even more additions next week
Committee Chairman Sen. Dennis Kruse said bills concerning religious instruction and teacher hiring could make it in.
January 5, 2016
Bills aimed at teacher hiring take a back seat to ISTEP, for now
Several lawmakers are working on bills to offer incentives for college graduates to become teachers and other support.
December 21, 2015
The basics of Indiana’s teacher shortage debate: What comes next?
This isn't the first year Indiana schools have had troubled finding qualified teachers to fill open jobs, but it seems to be the first year everyone's paying attention.
October 26, 2015
Lawmakers propose fixes for testing and teaching
Lawmakers think they came up with solutions for a few of the biggest education issues from the past year: testing, teacher hiring and keeping teachers in the classroom.
October 19, 2015
Teacher to legislators: I'd love to stay in the classroom if I could afford it
It’ll be another week before legislators come together to make recommendations on how schools can increase teacher recruitment and retention efforts.
August 28, 2015
Why people think there’s a teacher shortage in Indiana and why they’re probably wrong
In Indiana, as in many other places, the problem isn’t the number of certified teachers but a mismatch between them and available jobs.
behind the headlines
August 18, 2015
Best of 2015: Why is there no teacher shortage in New York City?
As other states scramble, a longstanding teacher surplus and steady student enrollment mean that just one in three teacher-prep graduates is able to land a job in New York.
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