Why You're Needed: The Looming Teacher Shortage

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The Teacher Shortage

NYSUT has been out front sounding the alarm on the teacher shortage. As baby boomer teachers retire and more leave the profession for a mix of reasons, enrollments in teacher education programs in New York have plummeted 47 percent.

State officials have predicted New York will need more than 180,000 new teachers in the next decade.

The shortage is already hitting selected subject specialties and geographic areas.

Big city and rural districts are reporting severe shortages in many subject areas. Districts with high child poverty rates and racially diverse students are much more likely to face challenges in recruiting and retaining qualified teachers.

Like many states, New York reports persistent shortages in teachers for special education, science, mathematics, foreign languages, bilingual education, career and technical education, health education, literacy and library science.

New York is also seeking greater diversity among teachers. While 54 percent of students in New York in grade K-12 are students of color, 78 percent of all public school teachers are white.

  • About the Teacher Shortage

    “When you look at all these numbers together, it’s really the perfect storm for an upcoming teacher shortage crisis,” said NYSUT Executive Vice President Jolene DiBrango, who oversees NYSUT’s Research and Educational Services Department.

  • Fact Sheet

    The increased demand for new teachers reflects trends in teacher retirements, expected increases in P-12 enrollments, fewer individuals entering the profession, and rates of teacher attrition.

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