Jill Barshay of The Hechinger Report writes about how recent cries over teacher shortages may actually be overblown. Despite it being hard to find what she calls “fresh national data”, her research leads her to conclude that while there are shortages in some pockets and around certain specialties, surpluses exist in many districts and that’s not likely to change.
Unlike with other job markets, you can’t simply count unfilled job openings. That’s because schools don’t typically leave classrooms of students unattended. The jobs get filled somehow. Some researchers count the number of principals who say they are experiencing hiring difficulties. Of course, that’s subjective.