More teachers for Maryland classrooms
If there is one safe job to have during a recession, it is being a teacher. They always manage to escape layoffs. That's good for them, but is also likely to be good for schools and kids. It means that those old pros who might have chosen to retire this year or next may stay a few more years. And maybe the teacher who last year might have been tempted to try another profession will stay because the job market is so tight.
Even before the economy slipped, however, school systems weren't reporting as many teacher shortages as they had been the year before, according to a report released last week by the state. In my story today, I quote state educators saying they believe some of the more intensive classroom training that teachers are getting has led to an increase in retention. Enrollments aren't rising, and the teaching force isn't leaving.
I would be interested to know if some teachers are feeling stuck in their jobs because of the economy or whether they are happy to have safe jobs?