Teachers and their unions are in the middle of a teacher shortage.
Here are some ways to help.
Make sure your school has plenty of teachers.
In 2015, the New York City Public Schools announced that its teacher shortage had hit a historic low, with almost 8,000 fewer teachers than at the end of 2016.
This year, the school district has a shortage of about 5,000 teachers.
Get help from teachers’ unions.
The New York Teachers Union is one of the largest teachers unions in the country, and its president, Karen Lewis, has called for a national teacher shortage crisis, in part because she said the schools’ resources were being stretched by budget cuts and state budget issues.
That’s why she recently urged educators to take on new positions to help fill the gap.
“I think a lot of teachers feel that they’ve been neglected by the teachers’ union,” Lewis said.
Find out if there’s a shortage.
The National Association of School Administrators estimates that more than 1.2 million teachers are either on the job in their districts or have been hired, according to the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.
There are more than 500,000 teacher vacancies across the country.
Find your school district.
The NCSO, a government agency, works to ensure that public schools in the United States are well-equipped and have the right resources for students.
The agency also provides funding for school districts that are experiencing budget cuts or have state funding shortfalls.
The government agency also has a national hotline, available at 1-800-737-4223, to get in touch with local officials.
Reach out to your school.
Contact your school’s superintendent or the state superintendent of schools, and tell them what you think is going on with the teacher shortage, how you feel about your school, and how you want to help make it better.
Get in touch.
Get the NPSO’s call center at 1–866–854–3321 or go to their website at npso.gov/disasterplanning.
“We’re just as overwhelmed as the rest of the country,” Lewis told the Associated Press.
“But the fact that we’re getting so many calls, so many emails, so much good information is just astounding.
We have the resources to deal with this.
We’re just waiting for the right time.”
The New England Public Schools Association, a union for all New England public schools, released a report in April that called for “all New England districts to work together to ensure their teachers are available to meet their needs.”
Find a local community college.
Many community colleges have an online teacher resource center, which provides information on how to get involved with your local community.
The College of Teachers of New York and the Community Colleges for All Students at New York State, which represent many community colleges, released an online tool last month to help students find jobs at their colleges.
“Students will be able to apply for positions through our online search tool and get help finding a college that is right for them,” said Christina M. Burden, the chief executive of the colleges.
Find more resources.
Many public schools across the U.S. are facing budget cuts, and the New England Federation of Teachers says the schools are “pushing out” students and making it difficult to find quality teachers.
The organization recommends hiring at least 50 new teachers each year, and it’s encouraging students to volunteer and to get engaged in their community.
“There are many schools that are trying to reduce staff by 30 percent,” said Barbara L. Reardon, a spokeswoman for the federation.
“They’re cutting corners.
They’re cutting classes.
They are not providing enough support for students, and they’re not providing students with the resources they need.”
Get support from teachers.
For more information on finding a new job, check out the Upright Citizens Brigade’s list of resources.
“If you’re looking for a new position in a field, there are many things you can do,” said Reardon.
“First of all, look at what your experience is.
Is it on a competitive basis?
What kind of salary is your company offering?
How many years do you have experience?
Is there a mentor?
What type of education do you need?
Are there things you’re passionate about?”
In 2018, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the American Association of Teachers (AAT) sent a letter to New York state’s Legislature and governor urging them to “take action to help our schools.”
“We are proud to be part of this historic wave of teacher recruitment and retention that is providing millions of Americans with the skills, knowledge, and skills that will enable them to succeed in today’s job market,” the letter said.
“With the passage of the Elementary