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ERIC Number: EJ763321
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1539-9664
Is There a "Qualified Teacher" Shortage?: What Factors Do Affect the Market for Teachers, Anyway?
Podgursky, Michael
Education Next, v6 n2 p26-32 Spr 2006
In the flurry of activity surrounding the implementation of No Child Left Behind's (NCLB) student proficiency mandates, the federal requirement to have a "highly qualified" teacher in every classroom by 2005 seemed like an impossible goal. However, 2005 has come and gone and the highly qualified teacher crisis never happened. In this article, the author explains how the dearth of qualified teachers is largely a myth. He also explains why the raising teachers' pay across the board would not bring significantly more qualified numbers to the profession. He asserts that the resources provided to most public schools are adequate to recruit and retain a competent teaching workforce, and contends that a much more productive line of inquiry is one that explores the costs of the inefficient, rigid structure of the teacher compensation system and the possible benefits of replacing it with a more market-based system. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001