Rise & Shine: Teacher shortage poses a summer challenge to Detroit schools


In April, the Indiana Department of Education published a report showing a teacher shortage across 14 subject areas in the state. Last school year alone, for example, the state issued nearly 400 emergency permits to certain special education teachers, 186 in math, and 153 in language arts. 

And this struggle isn’t unique to Indiana. Our partners in Detroit found that the city’s public school district alone is scrambling to fill 120 vacancies before students return in seven weeks. The district’s ideas? Increasing teacher salaries to be more competitive, hiring new recruiters, and incentivizing veteran teachers to come to the district by recognizing their years of service. 

Read on.  

— Erica Irish, reporter

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