Lottery schools. What a concept.
Seventeen states are responding to the challenge by offering bonuses, scholarships and other incentives to prospective teachers who sign up for "hard-to-staff" schools, according to the Denver-based Education Commission of the States. For example, New York City is offering up to $15,000 in housing support to attract teachers of math, science or special education.
Nevada tries a different tack, giving principals at high-poverty schools first crack at new teachers. Instructors who refuse an assignment can be removed from the hiring list for a year.
WILL A DRAFT LOTTERY AND A RESERVE CLAUSE BE NEXT? There are all sorts of advantages to teaching in a more prosperous school district, including more motivated students, more support from the parents, and better pay. Under those circumstances, the poorer school districts have trouble retaining teachers.