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CT Educators Want Prompt Action to End Teacher Shortage

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Friday, January 20, 2023   

Connecticut, along with most of the United States, faces a teacher shortage. The shortage has caused class sizes to increase and teachers to experience burnout more quickly.

In a 2022 Gallup poll, 44% of K-through-12 teachers said "burnt out" is how they feel.

Kate Dias, president of the Connecticut Education Association, said solutions are possible at state and federal levels to ensure teachers are in an optimal working environment. However, she said she thinks addressing the burnout problem begins within a school district.

"At the local level," she said, "each district has to look at, 'How are we allocating our time and our resources to give teachers relief where we can? Are we making sure to reduce duty responsibilities, take away any unnecessary burdens off of our educators, so that they have space to breathe?' "

Dias also said educators don't make enough money, and in a recent survey by the union, 65% of voters agreed. Three-quarters of those surveyed said they want the state to provide more funding to cities and towns to support teacher salaries. From here, Dias and others are looking to Gov. Ned Lamont and the General Assembly to strengthen public education.

The national teacher shortage didn't happen overnight, and a report from the American Federation of Teachers found it was only exacerbated by COVID-19. The report said even before the pandemic, almost 300,000 teachers were leaving the profession.

Dias said she thinks one approach that could help bring new faces into the classroom is by increasing pay for student teachers.

"We often have student teachers who work during the day as a teacher full time, and then go work on the weekends or evenings, trying to make their rent money," she said. "That's not a sustainable system, and it's not a system that says, 'We value the work that you're doing.' So, we have to look at how we compensate and work with our student teachers."

She said the state could also find ways to help prospective teachers with tuition and certification costs. According to the Connecticut Department of Education, the last school year saw statewide shortages in numerous subject areas - including math, science and special education.


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