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To lure young teachers, rural regions try an image reboot

Jul 14, 2017 by

While they haven’t yet tried a televised draft, a la the “Key & Peele” comedy sketch “TeacherCenter,” rural school districts are getting creative in their efforts to fill classrooms. One of the most effective: showing new teachers how very much they are needed.

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The 30 Sec. ReadAs states scramble to fill vacancies before school starts, those tasked with bringing teachers and pupils together in rural areas are relying on a variety of efforts – including new programs started in colleges last year – to help them. From town hall meetings to persuading natives to return home, administrators and state education leaders are looking for better ways to woo teachers to places without the amenities of urban destinations. Their task is made more difficult by the fact that the United States is experiencing an unprecedented teacher shortage because of high teacher attrition, increasing student enrollment, and efforts to reduce pupil-teacher ratios, according to a 2016 study by the Learning Policy Institute. By 2018, the US is predicted to need an additional 112,000 teachers, with rural communities particularly hit hard. Rural districts, which make up more than a quarter of US schools, are at a competitive disadvantage, say researchers, because they don’t have the tax base to prop up comparable teaching salaries. However, communities across the country are looking past monetary difficulties and experimenting with local solutions.

Source: The Christian Science Monitor Daily for July 13, 2017

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