Educators rush to find solutions for looming teacher shortage in New York

November 08, 2018 07:37 AM

New York is facing a serious problem that involves schools all across our area. There may not be enough teachers to go around in the coming years because the state is running out of teachers. A major union, NYSUT, believes New York will need 180,000 new teachers over the next decade.

The problem is two-fold. About one-third of teachers will be able to retire during the next five years and enrollment in teacher education programs is plummeting.


The rate dropped about 50-percent just since 2009, according to NYSUT. The union is teaming up with groups across the state to host "Take a Look at Teaching" summits.
These meetings will focus on recruitment efforts to generate more interest in the profession. If nothing changes, education leaders believe everyone will be affected starting with students.

"They are going to lose out on potentially some of their programming and their curriculum,” said Bethany Gizzi, the president of the Faculty Association at Monroe Community College. “If we have a dramatic teacher shortage that's going to really significantly impact the number of schools we are able to support in certain districts.”    

The first summit was in Syracuse last month. One will be held in the Rochester region in February.


Brennan Somers

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