We need teachers!

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  1. Ima Teacher

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    We are going to be starting the school year without teachers. There are NO applicants out there. We have called universities. We are emergency certifying people. We still can’t fill positions.

    We start in two weeks, and I found out last night that I’m back in the classroom because a new hire left. Now I’m scrambling to set up a classroom after I gave away nearly all of my stuff.

    Anyone need a job? There are plenty to be had here in Kentucky.
     
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  3. TeacherNY

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    I would totally take the plunge if I was single. Hope you find some people!
     
  4. whizkid

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    Word is we'll be starting with teachers through distance learning measures because we can't find people. With state testing counting this time around, ain't it great?!
     
  5. Missy

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    Has your district contacted universities in Ohio? There are still a lot of people in Ohio looking for teaching jobs.

    I am sorry about the last minute switch for you; good luck getting ready.
     
  6. otterpop

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    What do you think is contributing? Is the salary especially low for your schools?
     
  7. Ima Teacher

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    I don’t think our salaries are low. I supported myself and owned a house & car & paid for grad school. DH taught at the third largest district in the state, and our salaries were almost identical. Cost of living is reasonable here. We are close to major cities.

    In part I blame the changes in benefits. We used to have excellent benefits, and once those started going away, so did the teachers.
     
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    What about the benefits has changed?
     
  9. Ima Teacher

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    They completely changed our retirement plan. It didn’t change anything for me or DH, but new teachers are in a hybrid retirement system.
     
  10. Tyler B.

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    Teacher shortages are a serious regional problem. Not in my district though. We had 164 applicants for an open 4th grade job.
     
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    That job must pay pretty well.
     
  12. waterfall

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    This is the most openings I've seen my district have this late in the game. New teachers are supposed to start in 2 weeks. There are a few specialist positions that I'm sure won't be filled-some of them are mental health positions which are going to be badly needed this year! We aren't at the point where we can't fill generic positions like elementary classroom teachers, but we do get far fewer applicants than we used to, and I'm sure that point is coming. I know for one classroom position we got FIVE applicants. Just a few years ago it was 200+.

    Part of me is even more irrationally annoyed by this because I graduated into a horrific job market during the 2008 recession. Thousands were applying for each job, and in my home state (OH) it was just a given that you spend years "putting in your time" as a sub and/or para before even being considered for a FT position. It got so bad that there were even waiting lists to be considered to SUB in districts! I remember my best friend and I deciding to start applying in KY out of desperation. Never got anywhere with that either.

    I moved across the country in order to get a FT job right out of school, but my finances will be forever impacted by moving to a state that has crappy teacher salaries and high COL (hence why I was able to get a job here). Many of my fellow graduates either gave up altogether, or literally did the sub/para thing for years and years. I remember visiting my dad's school once and one of his teammates was my age. I had 7 years experience at that point, and she was in her first "real" FT job that year because that's how long it took. I can't help but be pretty jealous of the situation today's graduates are finding themselves in, in comparison! This will benefit them for the rest of their lives!
     
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  13. otterpop

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    I feel this. I entered the workforce at the end of the recession, but moved states because jobs were still very, very difficult to get. But the flip side is, I moved somewhere I wouldn’t have chosen to move otherwise, and ended up enjoying it greatly for several years. I’m moving back to my home state this year and jobs see much easier to come by, although housing is terribly more expensive than when I left.
     
  14. Aces

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    Jul 19, 2021 at 1:37 PM

    We’re in the same boat. We have like 9 slots on our “absolutely must fill” list and an additional 6 slots on our “would be nice to fill” list. We’ve got no shortage of applicants, though. We did 17 interviews last week (offered jobs to 6 and 2 failed a drug test). And got 36 more interviews this week so hopefully we can get the slots filled.
     

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