In just a few short weeks, children will return to school marking the end of summer vacation. When they return, if a degreed, certified, and credentialed teacher has been assigned to lead their classrooms – luck will surely have fallen upon them. They will be lucky because America’s teacher shortage problem is real, and the devastatingly harmful effects of those shortages have the ability to further handicap this nation’s schools – especially underperforming, high poverty schools.
Notwithstanding these shortages, even the casual observer could rightly assume a couple of things about why low performing schools are so deeply affected by teacher shortages. Those assumptions would likely be: 1) The working conditions are difficult, and 2) The residual impact of those conditions result in high rates of attrition.