Educators have the one job that is responsible for all jobs – inspiring tomorrow’s leaders, entrepreneurs and difference-makers.
Yet, Minnesota’s public schools face a rapidly growing shortage of qualified people willing to tackle the role:
When qualified teachers aren’t available, Minnesota’s public schools have no other choice but to:
Contact legislators to urge them to provide the resources our schools need to fill tomorrow’s most important job.
The number of non-licensed “community experts” working in Minnesota schools has doubled from 367 in 2011 to 861 in 2016.
Too many of Minnesota’s teachers leaving before retirement age is one thing. Too few young people aspiring to teachers is quite another.
Hiring officials will tell you that a competitive job market and low salaries are the biggest barriers Minnesota public schools face in attracting and retaining qualified teachers.
Educators offer an even more distressing reason: burnout.
Years and years of belt tightening as well as mandates to add additional programs have forced Minnesota school districts – and educators – to do more and more with less and less.
The results are conditions that make it difficult, if not impossible, for passionate and professional teachers to fulfill their dreams of making a difference. That includes increased class sizes and cuts to critical support staff, afterschool activities and subjects outside a core curriculum.
The number of teachers leaving their positions in Minnesota public schools has increased 46 percent since 2008-2009.Tweet this