Teacher Shortage in US Expected to Last Longer Than Pandemic

A teacher shortage in the United States that has been made worse by the coronavirus will last after the pandemic is over, Axios reported on Monday.

“It’s a problem that existed pre-pandemic, it has been exacerbated by the pandemic, and the teacher shortage will not disappear with the pandemic,” said Michigan’s state superintendent of public instruction Michael Rice.

There were 575,000 fewer local and state education employees in October 2021 than in February 2020 across the nation, according to data in the latest jobs report put out by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The data indicates that a net 65,000 public education employees left the sector between September and October alone.

The reason that the shortage is expected to continue is that many teachers are retiring or quitting due to stress during the pandemic, but not enough new ones are graduating from universities to fill the slots. Even as the pandemic subsides, a clear trend has been that educators are not coming back. – READ MORE