Districts Continue to Struggle With Staffing, Political Polarization, and Unfinished Instruction
This research report from the RAND Corporation includes findings from analyzing survey data collected from superintendents between February and April 2022. The investigators found more than 90% of districts nationally have changed one or more school operations amid teacher shortages, such as increasing pay for in-demand roles, temporarily adding to teacher duties, combining classes or canceling planning periods. The authors concluded that a surge of school district hiring efforts, rather than a workforce classroom exodus, is straining the teacher labor market. In addition, the survey showed that half of districts are preparing for an anticipated financial drop-off, and districts continue to have high levels of concern for mental health.