Nevada Is #1 In The Nation, But Not In A Good Way
As has been noted by many experts, there is a massive teacher shortage in America. Many of our nation’s public schools deal with overcrowded classrooms. Consequently, the situation is worse in some states than in others. Comparatively, a new study reveals that Nevada leads the nation in teacher to student classroom ratios. But not in a good way.
Nevada Takes Top Spot In Teacher Shortage Crisis
Of course, this dubious honor is nothing to be proud of. The folks at Schoolaroo.com have studied the data, and have determined that Nevada has the worst teacher to student classroom ratio in the U.S.A. Basically, the stark numbers show that our state averages 43.65 teachers for every one thousand students.
In fact, our neighboring states do not fare much better in this study. Utah ranks 49th, Arizona 48th, and California 47th. It seems the southwest United States is feeling the teacher shortage worse than other regions of the nation. Incidentally, Vermont (#1), New Hampshire (#2), and North Dakota (#3) have the best teacher to student ratios in the country.
However, the teacher shortage is a nationwide concern according to Schoolaroo. For example, they pinpoint factors such as poor working conditions and low salaries as the reason more Americans are not choosing education as a career. Could it be that the kids who attend our nation’s public schools see how overworked and underpaid teachers are? Why choose education as a career?
How Is Clark County School District Addressing This Problem
As a matter of fact, Clark County School District is the fifth largest in the nation. Furthermore, the report goes on to state that our school district’s educator turnover rate spiked from 9% last year to 12% this year. That’s alarming. By now, you’ve seen the news reports about how unhappy our school district’s teachers are with their working conditions and wages. It seems that even more are deciding to give up their profession.
So, what are Nevada’s legislators and administrators doing about this teacher shortage crisis? For one thing, the Nevada Department of Education is implementing an alternative method for prospective teachers to get their credentials. It’s called “iTeach.” Basically, the program is designed to help alleviate educator shortages. Nevada joins states such as “Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Virginia, Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia” in using this program.
If you’re looking for a career change, this may be a good opportunity for you. Especially if you’d like to give teaching a try. For example, a recent graduate of this program just earned “New Educator of the Year” from CCSD. Congratulations to Ms. Christina Day who teaches third grade at Liliam Lujan Hickey Elementary School. Originally, “Miss Chrissy” majored in criminal justice. She’s been a substitute teacher for a while and found that teaching children was her true calling. Is it yours? Nevada’s public schools could use your help.