Across the nation right now, we are experiencing a staff and teacher shortage in K-12 education captured succinctly, as per these key quotes. by Mark Leiberman in the October 15, 2021 issue of Edweek:
"This is hardly the first time schools have had trouble filling open positions; many have long struggled to find enough workers qualified to help students with disabilities, for instance.
But the problem right now is particularly acute, and many educators told Education Week they’ve never seen it worse. Subpar wages, minimal benefits, tough work environments, onerous pandemic protocols, pressing health concerns, contentious political disputes, and a broader trend of disruption in the American labor market are among the factors shaping this year’s K-12 chaos."
Among the allegedly "contentious political disputes" is the manufactured anti-Critical Rate Theory "crisis." It's hard not to be concerned about the future of public education. Here are a number of additional pieces on this same topic that readers may find helpful:
Thanks to Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings for sharing what clearly is a crisis we're facing in our nation.