Steps to improve teacher recruitment, retention

The nationwide shortage of teachers and school staff has dominated headlines since the back-to-school season got underway in earnest this fall. It is no exaggeration to say that America’s students are facing a learning crisis; nationwide, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a loss of 600,000 educators since January 2020.

While the root causes of the teacher shortage are well documented, solutions to fill vacancies are still being worked on. For example, our local union, which represents certified educators in New Haven public schools, reached an agreement to compensate members for adding additional classes as a short-term measure.

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