California, Bay Area School Districts Scramble to Hire Teachers

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Nationwide, school districts can't find enough teachers to fill their classrooms. And the teacher shortage has hit California particularly hard. Between 2008 and 2012, the state lost 82,000 school jobs to budget cuts, according to the Labor Department. Now, with declining enrollment in teacher credential programs and increased state funding for new hires, local districts are struggling to fill open teaching positions. How is the teacher shortage affecting your classroom or school?


Jill Tucker, education writer for The San Francisco Chronicle

Alicia Hinde, teacher representative for the Commission on Teacher Credentialing and an elementary school teacher for 15 years in the Cambrian School District

Vincent Matthews, superintendent of the San Jose Unified School District

Douglas Mitchell, professor of the graduate division and former dean of the Graduate School of Education, UC Riverside