Where Will all the Teachers Come From?

The McPherson Sentinel reviews some challenging numbers on teacher recruitment (“Recruitment, retention concerns for USD 418,” April 27).

– One out of three teachers in Kansas are 50 years old or older.

– “In the near future,” one district–Wichita 259–will require more new teachers in a year than are produced by all colleges in the state.

The McPherson district school board reviewed a video presentation that summarized some recent research. Among the points: teachers tend to stay around longer if they are given bonuses for superior performance.

Sounds like a move to merit pay to us. And none too soon.  If teachers expect to be professionals–and of course they should–they should be paid as professionals, not as people on a 1950s-era industrial union shop.

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