Declining Enrollment


Teacher shortages are real, but not for the reason you heard – Associated Press

Photo: Brendan Horohoe, of Rochester, NY, seated at right, a Rochester City School District teacher applicant, is interviewed by Christopher Miller, the Rochester City School District’s chief of human resources, during a recruitment event at the Mercantile On Main, in Rochester, NY Everywhere, it seems, back-to-school has been shadowed by worries of a teacher shortage.


Cities face crisis as fewer kids enroll and schools shrink – Associated Press

On a recent morning inside Chalmers School of Excellence on Chicago’s West Side, five preschool and kindergarten students finished up drawings. Four staffers, including a teacher and a tutor, chatted with them about colors and shapes. The summer program offers the kind of one-on-one support parents love. But behind the scenes, Principal Romian Crockett worries


Headcounts are down at public schools. Now budgets are too

A school system in suburban Kansas City is eliminating over 100 jobs, including kindergarten aides and library clerks. Oakland, California, is closing seven schools. Other districts around the country are merging classrooms, selling buildings and leaving teaching positions unfilled in order to close budget gaps. Public school systems are beginning to feel the pinch from

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