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Old 09-24-2008, 07:45 AM
 
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article in today's FTW paper about "teacher shortage"---frankly that term is starting to get my grits....

what the article really was about was alternative certification route moving people w/o education background n college into teaching with post-college classes--perhaps because they have lost jobs or seen jobs shrink in their industries--so they see teaching as good fall-back...

the article revealed that for this teaching year--when hiring starts in the spring before summer vacation--Birdville ISD in NRHills area received 12 THOUSAND applications (no breakdown as to field/experience/location of applicants)...and Birdville hired 163 people--that is right 12K were called and 163 were chosen---1.3% according to the article...
explain to me where is the shortage?????

The article does mention "key areas" of science and math--which most people know are very desireable specializations...

one of the people who was an alt cert and is teaching in Colleyville was a banker with MBA from Duke--now working as middle-school math teacher...

The focus of the article IMO was to catch the attention of people who have been laid off or worried about security and gives them idea of going into teaching since it has lots of info about getting an alt-cert certification...

of course there are not no stats on how many of the 163 people hired in Birdville were alt-certs themselves...with no experience...

Frankly those same numbers about the total applicants and the numbers hired would for almost any local Tarrant county district --- masses of applications and probably fewer than 2% of new hires for the distirct...

Tarrant County is a very selective area--most suburban districts pay well, have decent admins, slowing retirement numbers since the state has changed some of its regs for early retirement and fairly stable number of teachers who stay put once they are hired, and no big problems with gangs/violence although discipline problems usually increase as the age of students grows...
These ISDs never have a problem getting applications--sifting wheat from chaff is always a problem--now exacerbated because of the state's requirement for more math and science credits for graduation...

Anyone coming here just don't believe that magic phrase "teacher shortage"
It would be more accurate to say heightened need for special areas in teaching...
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