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The great teacher shortage: what is the cause? What are the solutions?

 A teaching candidate speaks with a recruiter at a teachers job fair.
A teaching candidate speaks with a recruiter at a teachers job fair.
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A report released in January by the Learning Policy Institute warned of an impending teacher shortage in California.

Three bills have been introduced in the state Legislature to address the problem, hoping to replenish a pipeline that has been left dry by a variety of reasons including funding cuts.

It is not an issue facing only the Golden State, many districts and cities in America also find themselves having to deal with finding and retaining qualified educators to staff their schools.

A panel of education experts joins Larry to look at the reasons behind the shortage, and solutions going forward.


Angela Minnici,  Director of the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), a behavioral and social science research and evaluation organization. AIR recently held a forum looking at the issue of teacher shortage

Linda Darling-Hammond, a professor emeritus at Stanford University and president of the Learning Policy Institute. She is the lead author of the recent report, “Addressing California’s Emerging Teacher Shortage: An Analysis of Sources and Solutions”

Catherine Brown, Vice President of Education Policy at the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning thinking tank in DC. It released a report last year looking at how to address teacher shortage in America

Eric Scroggins, Chief Strategy Officer for Teach for America, that works to increase the number of recent college graduates to go into teaching. He is also the acting executive director at the Bay Area chapter of the nonprofit