The numbers speak for themselves. There’s a growing teacher shortage, even as student enrollment rises. Many fewer people are participating in teacher prep programs; some states even saw a 50% reduction in enrollment. And the effects of the Great Recession are still felt in the education industry: As of September 2019, there were 60,000 fewer local public education jobs than there were in 2008. Add that to the nearly 1 million jobs lost between February and May of 2020.
It is safe to say America’s largest workforce is in crisis. COVID-19 has exposed the weaknesses in this sector, including the need to ensure that our frontline education workers are equipped to prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow.
Throughout the course of the pandemic, we’ve seen a number of initiatives designed to get education back on track:
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