PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There’s a growing teacher shortage in the United States, and the potential crisis is set to extend into the fall. Across the nation, a Frontline Education survey found that two out of three districts are reporting a shortage.
At one high school in New Jersey, there are two dozen openings, all due to retirements. Fifty-six staff members at Hillsborough High School have retired or are planning to by the end of this month — 38 of them are teachers.READ MORE: Kaylin Johnson, Teen Killed In West Philadelphia Triple Shooting, Remembered As 'Definition Of Freak Athlete'
Some say the problem was spurred by the pandemic and ongoing lack of interest in the career.READ MORE: Man Shot In Parking Lot of Courtyard Marriott Hotel, Philadelphia Police Say
Administrators say low pay has been a deterrent for many teachers who feel they aren’t compensated properly for the demands of the job.MORE NEWS: Bucks County Police Officer Among 4 Men Arrested For Attempting To Lure Child For Sex In Atlantic City: Officials
Some districts are now offering signing bonuses to recruit teachers.