There is no doubt our nation is facing a serious teacher shortage. Friday in Kentucky, I, along with thousands of my fellow teachers, will rally on Frankfort to protest the defunding of our public schools. If we do not shift our focus toward retaining and recruiting highly qualified people, we will face a national crisis that could result in millions of low-income and middle-class children receiving little to no education.
Here a few numbers to consider:
Instead of creating incentives, most states have simply lowered qualifications to be a teacher. In Kentucky, one must obtain a bachelor’s degree and be certified in their subject areas, and earn a master’s degree upon being hired. It will be difficult to keep these qualifications if pay remains stagnate and benefits are continuously taken.
Consider who may be teaching our children in the future. If you are a parent in this state, you may want to get in the game and vote pro-education.