Across the country, districts are struggling with shortages of teachers, particularly in math, science and special education — a result of the layoffs of the recession years combined with an improving economy in which fewer people are training to be teachers.Dig down, and you discover that the better pay and working conditions -- job ladder tournaments notwithstanding -- are in the private sector, particularly for people with the STEM degrees.
At the same time, a growing number of English-language learners are entering public schools, yet it is increasingly difficult to find bilingual teachers. So schools are looking for applicants everywhere they can — whether out of state or out of country — and wooing candidates earlier and quicker.
BETTER PAY, BETTER WORKING CONDITIONS.
School districts that skimp on those things have trouble hiring or retaining teachers. Let us be thankful that the Grey Lady catches on.