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ERIC Number: ED480744
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 66
Abstractor: N/A
From the Headlines to the Frontlines: The Teacher Shortage and Its Implications for Recruitment Policy.
Murphy, Patrick J.; DeArmond, Michael M.
This report offers insight into how schools can find quality teachers to staff their classrooms by examining how districts responded to the teacher shortage over the period 1999 to 2002. It presents results of an 18-month study that analyzed data at 3 levels: a nationally representative database; a survey of 110 human resource directors across the country; and in-depth interviews with district and school administrators in 7 regions. The report disaggregates the national numbers associated with the problem and examines how districts in different parts of the country perceived its impact. It also identities the range of policies districts used to respond to the problem. Finally, the study attempts to determine the factors that constrained or facilitated district efforts to more effectively meet the demand for teachers. The analyses of the 1999-2002 shortage crisis suggest a two-fold challenge for policymakers working on teacher recruitment. First, because of the uneven impact of the shortage problem, governments need to approach teacher recruitment strategically, identifying policies that best match the problems their schools or district are facing. Second, it is equally important that districts and states identify and remove institutional barriers that thwart policy implications and constrain innovation. Appended are: Estimates of Teacher Late-Fill Rates by State (Sass 99-00); Human Resource Director Survey; District Administrator Interview Protocol; and Interview Respondents. (Contains 34 endnotes, 30 references, 7 tables, and 3 figures.) (Author)
Center on Reinventing Public Education, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington, Box 353060, Seattle, WA 98195-3060. Tel: 206-685-2214; Fax: 206-221-7402; e-mail:; Web site: For full text:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Smith Richardson Foundation, Inc., Greensboro, NC.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle. Center on Reinventing Public Education.
Note: Contains small print.