K-12 public education is still down more than 270,000 employees. The shortage isn’t nationwide; it’s much worse in some schools and in some subjects. Schools in high-poverty neighborhoods are significantly more likely to have unfilled positions. Teachers experienced extreme levels of burnout from classes during the pandemic. In 2022, there will be no real-time data on educator shortages in the United States.
Michael Wolraich: States and districts need to understand where the problems are. He says pay needs to rise in education, especially for some roles that have long been hard to recruit for.