In a major win for teachers unions, state Supreme Court lets teacher tenure ruling stand – LA Times

Joshua Pechthalt, president of the California Federation of Teachers. “We can now turn closer attention to solving the actual problems we confront in our schools.”

 

One of the actual problems, before we get distracted about job security, is the low pay for teachers in the United States. Pay does not match the level of job satisfaction and stress that accompanies teaching. As a result, you get what you pay for.

“Polls show that public school teachers today are more disillusioned about their jobs than they have been in many years. One 2013 poll found that teacher satisfaction had declined 23 percentage points since 2008, from 62 percent to 39 percent very satisfied, the lowest level in 25 years. Fifty-one percent of teachers reported feeling under great stress several days a week, an increase of 15 percentage points reporting that level in 1985.”

Motoko Rich also attributes “shortage to an improving economy — teachers were laid off during the recession and now when new positions are opening, there are job opportunities that are just more attractive to college graduates. There is some truth to the argument she (Rich) makes.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2015/08/24/the-real-reasons-behind-the-u-s-teacher-shortage/

via In a major win for teachers unions, state Supreme Court lets teacher tenure ruling stand – LA Times

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