Among things the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Teachers and Students should not debate is whether South Dakota has a teacher shortage. The mainstream media now speaks of the teacher shortage as a given, as evidenced in this KELO-TV report on schools posting and filling teaching positions sooner:
With fewer applicants, school districts are not wasting any time posting jobs or filling positions. At NSU’s education school, Carol Knecht says students are receiving offers about a month sooner than usual.
“We have faculty who have been here for 15 years and they’re all making the comment that this is a trend they haven’t seen in the past, that our candidates are signing their contracts so much earlier,” Knecht said.
Knecht says districts are also contacting her asking if there are any students she can send their way. She says the number of inquiries doubled in the last year.
“Their openings are kind of across the board, but I would say that we are centralized in some of the 7-12 positions,” Knecht said.
Michyl Miller is another spring NSU graduate who will benefit from the teacher shortage. She has a job waiting at Aberdeen Roncalli.
“It wasn’t really that difficult. There was a lot of openings right away so I applied immediately when I saw those positions open,” Miller said [Erich Schaffhauser, “Education Majors in High Demand,” KELOLand.com, 2015.04.23].
South Dakota is short on teachers. BluRTFTS can focus on figuring out how to end that shortage.