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Strengthening the Educator Pipeline and Supporting Aspiring Educators
As of February 2022, there were 335,000 fewer public-school educators in our nation than before the pandemic; the shortage of Black and Latino teachers is especially pronounced. In fact, there are shortages across all job categories in education, from transportation to food service.
In a 2022 survey, 55 percent of NEA members said they were considering leaving the profession they love earlier than they’d planned because they feel overwhelmed and under-supported.
These shortages have been an issue for decades and now are at crisis levels in areas such as mathematics, science, special education, and bilingual education. Educators love what they do—they just need more support to pursue their passion for teaching, guiding, and supporting students.
Solutions include increasing pay and benefits; creating grow-your-own programs to recruit and prepare educators to teach and work in their local communities; fully funding teacher residency programs; and providing high-quality professional development for all educators.
Letters & Testimony
Submitted on 03/23/2023
Submitted on 05/25/2022
Bills in Congress
Learn NEA's position on pending legislation related to public education, and take action to protect our schools
Introduced on 09/06/2023
A bill that would raise the educator tax deduction from $300 to $1,000.
Introduced on 07/19/2023
A bill that would amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to provide for teacher and school leader quality enhancement and to enhance institutional aid.
Introduced on 07/11/2023
Bipartisan legislation to help recruit and retain paraeducators and educate students with barriers to learning. The legislation also seeks to ensure they have receive the pay and support they need to thrive.
“I am committed to nurturing my students’ development and advocating for everything they need and deserve, and many others are just as dedicated as I am. We need more programs to support us and strengthen our professional practice so we can be there for students, and stay in the careers we love.”