One of Mississippi’s largest school districts is losing over 200 teachers this summer because they did not fulfill the requirements of an alternative license program that many states and schools have turned to as the US faces a major teacher shortage. (1/6) https://nbcnews.to/31SNd7N
Jackson Public School District, which serves more than 25,000 students, found that most of the teachers who attempted to acquire a temporary three-year teaching license did not fulfill the testing requirement after the first year. (2/6)
The loss of these teachers was first reported by Mississippi Today, a nonprofit news organization in the state, which also found that 105 of the teachers plan to return as substitutes — though they’ll have to take up to a 58% pay cut. (3/6)
The MS Dept. of Education says the requirements should not come as a surprise. The latest challenge, however, strikes an uneasy tension that many states and schools face between filling empty teaching positions and maintaining teaching standards. (4/6) https://nbcnews.to/31SNd7N
There is a shortage of about 100,000 teachers nationwide, says Tara Kini, director of state policy for the Learning Policy Institute. Numerous states are re-examining how they license teachers as a means to fill vacant positions. (5/6) https://nbcnews.to/31SNd7N
Experts agree these alternate licenses are not a solution, but a Band-Aid for school districts that are overwhelmed by the number of vacant or emptying teaching positions. The best solution is to address teacher pay and district support systems, they say. (6/6) #NBCNewsThreads
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