June 29, 2012
It’s official: the worst of the economic downturn in education is over, and we’ve turned the corner with gusto. So far this summer, districts have been hiring teachers at rates not seen since before the recession. There are now thousands of vacancies, and once again, shortages for teachers in many areas.
The number of teachers hired for the upcoming school year, thus far, not only drastically exceeds last year’s numbers at this time, but are matching, if not exceeding, the hiring levels from several years ago during the boom!
Mass retirements and district layoffs brought the teacher ranks down to a minimum level last year, and now we are experiencing the first of many years that will be focused on restocking those ranks.
Thanks to a continuing boom in Texas’ population growth that produces close to 100,000 new school kids each year along with an improved economic climate that provides better funding, we are looking at a great new year in the making for teacher hiring.