Addressing Teacher Shortages by Adjusting Teacher Salaries

A 2021 RAND Corporation survey highlights that, in addition to the stresses of COVID-19 — such as longer working hours, concerns about contracting the virus and juggling child care responsibilities — teacher salaries also contributed to shortages. Indeed, among teachers under 40 years old who left the profession since March 2020, the top reason identified for their departure was that the pay was insufficient to merit the risks or stresses of the job.

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