This past month’s DeKalb Board of Education work session was quite enlightening with regard to our department of Human Capital. Our district, a week before school, reported 291 unfilled teacher positions – and that’s not including teaching positions to be funded through Title I federal funds. Last year at this time, we had 149 teacher vacancies.
For many struggling districts, the choice isn’t between a college graduate who has an education degree and twenty years of experience and a Teach for America teacher who doesn’t have an educational background. The choice is between a substitute teacher or a TFA teacher.