Today's home delivered NY Times has a front page article "Teacher Shortages Spur a Nationwide Hiring Scramble (Credentials Optional)" by Motoko Rich" (here). It begins:
In a stark about-face from just a few years ago, school districts have gone from handing out pink slips to scrambling to hire teachers.
Across the country, districts are struggling with shortages of teachers, particularly in math, science and special education — a result of the layoffs of the recession years combined with an improving economy in which fewer people are training to be teachers.
It also points to the specific shortage of Spanish bilingual teachers:
At the same time, a growing number of English-language learners are entering public schools, yet it is increasingly difficult to find bilingual teachers. So schools are looking for applicants everywhere they can — whether out of state or out of country — and wooing candidates earlier and quicker.
Some are even asking prospective teachers to train on the job, hiring novices still studying for their teaching credentials, with little, if any, classroom experience.
Recruiters from Oklahoma City have traveled to Puerto Rico and Spain on the hunt for teachers.
This past March I reported that Oregon schools of education were "producing thousands of unneeded White, monolingual teachers" after the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission reported that "Seventy percent of the new graduates in the last six years did not get jobs in the public schools" (here). Perhaps, many of those graduates left or will leave Oregon for teaching jobs elsewhere.
Perhaps, districts would have better success in hiring new teachers if they paid starting teachers more.