As schools and districts across St. Louis get ready for the start of another academic year, there’s the excitement of new and returning students, families and staff. Yet, there are also real concerns about having enough qualified teachers in classrooms. As a leader in education, Dr. Candice Carter-Oliver, chief executive officer, shares her observations on the challenges of teacher shortages, and she offers solutions for the community to make a positive impact in public schools. By no means is this intended to cause alarm among parents of Confluence Charter Schools and Grand Center Arts Academy; it’s meant to bring awareness to concerns that many public schools are dealing with, not only in St. Louis, but across the nation.
Dedicated teachers, staff and administrators make a difference in urban public education every day, whether it’s in the classroom with students, through connections with parents, through service in the community and countless other ways.
In a few short weeks, districts throughout St. Louis will welcome the start of another school year. There will be the excitement of new and returning students, families and staff. Yet, there are also real concerns about having enough qualified teachers in classrooms.
As an education leader, it’s concerning to observe the current shortage of teachers, and the growing need to hire talented educators in many urban schools.
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