County Superintendents in San Jose Mercury News: “How to hire a teacher: Report offers California schools advice”


Article Highlights CCSESA Research and Policy Reports and Recommendations for Local School Districts and Policy Makers

This week, The San Jose Mercury News published an article highlighting research and policy reports addressing teacher recruitment and retention released by CCSESA. To read the reports, click here.

Below is an excerpt of the article:

“Historically, the Golden State has faced periodic teaching shortages. After it reduced primary class sizes to 20 students in 1998, and as it emerged from a recession in the early 2000s.

But with the pipeline of trained teachers severely constricted, this is different.

‘We’re not going to have the bounce back because of the Baby Boomers exiting’ the profession, said James Brescia, who led a statewide study, released Thursday, on teacher recruitment strategies. And for schools, it’s not just teachers — it’s also bus drivers, classroom aides, and others, he noted. ‘It’s a workforce shortage.’

The study for the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association examined promising practices of 13 school districts and 122 schools statewide, including the three San Mateo County districts, all of which had filled at least 90 percent of their vacancies by the start of the school year. With high housing costs in the Bay Area, Brescia said, ‘you’re looking at a bigger challenge than anyone else in the state.’”

To read the full article, click here.

The Governor’s Proposed Budget

The article is particularly relevant now because the report highlights the critical shortage in special education teachers and the proposed state budget released today by the Governor would appropriate $100 million in one-time funding to address this critical issue.