Shortage of certain Teachers in Georgia

| August 11, 2015

Education

ATLANTA — As your kids head back to school there is a shortage of teachers in Georgia. The biggest need is for special education, math, science and foreign language teachers, says Kelly Henson with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

Henson says it’s hard to keep qualified teachers in our state. He says school districts in Georgia lose about eight percent of the teacher work force each year due to some form of attrition, retirement or otherwise.

Many districts are offering incentives like signing bonuses. According to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission the plan is to hire about 11 thousand teachers each year for the next two years.

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  1. Holly Stevens says:

    GDOE needs to get rid of GASE test and the no child left behind testing of special education students .

  2. Heffe says:

    Okay,
    Holly, your ignorance is showing. It is called the GACE test (Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators) I’ve taken 5 different GACE tests and if you know your stuff it isn’t that hard. And No Child Left Behind is going the way of the Dodo bird. No Holly, the problems are many, low pay coupled with skyrocketing health insurance costs with the SHBP. And that only addresses the financial aspect as to why teachers leave. The public political vilification has grown to deafening proportions all the while school boards hire superintendents who walk in lockstep with corporate test reformers whose answer to the education question is more testing, while threatening the jobs of teachers creating more stress on them and injecting a culture of fear in our schools.

    Read this, if you want more information:
    http://dianeravitch.net/2014/12/10/georgias-crazy-approach-to-education/

    But, it is not GACE testing that is the issue.