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Cooper, David; Martinez Hickey, Sebastian – Economic Policy Institute, 2022
Ever since students began returning to classrooms in the late summer and fall of 2021, countless news stories have described intense staffing shortages in primary and secondary schools. The pandemic has wreaked havoc on the country's K-12 educational workforce, with overworked educators retiring or leaving the profession, insufficient substitute…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, COVID-19, Pandemics, Public Schools
García, Emma; Han, Eunice – Economic Policy Institute, 2021
The U.S. Supreme Court's 2018 decision in "Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees" (AFSCME) (referred to as "Janus" hereafter) prohibited state and local government worker unions from negotiating collective bargaining agreements with fair share fee arrangements. In this report, the authors…
Descriptors: Collective Bargaining, Laws, State Legislation, Unions
García, Emma – Economic Policy Institute, 2020
Well over six decades after the Supreme Court declared "separate but equal" schools to be unconstitutional in "Brown v. Board of Education," schools remain heavily segregated by race and ethnicity. The lack of progress in integrating schools: (1) depresses education outcomes for black students; (2) widens performance gaps…
Descriptors: School Segregation, Racial Discrimination, African American Students, Ethnicity
Gould, Elise; Blair, Hunter – Economic Policy Institute, 2020
The chronic underfunding of early care and education (ECE) is compromising the well-being of educators and the children they teach and threatening the economic security of millions of families in the United States. The current ECE system demands large contributions from the parents of young children, both through payments for ECE services and…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Costs, Educational Quality
García, Emma; Weiss, Elaine – Economic Policy Institute, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is overwhelming the functioning and outcomes of education systems--some of which were already stressed in many respects. The shutdown of schools, compounded by the associated public health and economic crises, poses major challenges to students and their teachers. The public education system was not built, nor prepared, to…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Academic Achievement, Equal Education
Allegretto, Sylvia; Mishel, Lawrence – Economic Policy Institute, 2020
More than a decade and a half of work on the topic has shown there has been a long-trending erosion of teacher wages and compensation relative to other college graduates. Simply put, teachers are paid less (in wages and compensation) than other college-educated workers with similar experience and other characteristics, and this financial penalty…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Public School Teachers, College Graduates, Teacher Strikes
García, Emma; Weiss, Elaine – Economic Policy Institute, 2020
The teacher shortage in the nation's public schools--particularly in high-poverty schools--is a crisis for the teaching profession and a serious problem for the entire education system. The Economic Policy Institute's (EPI's) teacher shortage policy agenda plots a course to return teaching to a profession in which teachers are compensated on par…
Descriptors: Public School Teachers, Teacher Shortage, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education
García, Emma; Weiss, Elaine – Economic Policy Institute, 2020
The teacher shortage in the United States is an increasingly recognized but still poorly understood crisis. Much attention has focused on the size of the shortage (about 110,000 teachers in the 2017-2018 school year, by one estimate), its monetary costs, and the negative effects of the shortage on students, teachers, and the public education…
Descriptors: Public School Teachers, Teacher Shortage, Disadvantaged Schools, Teacher Distribution
Morsy, Leila; Rothstein, Richard – Economic Policy Institute, 2019
Since the Coleman Report's release in 1966, education policymakers have grappled with the fact that, on average, African American children's academic and behavioral outcomes are depressed relative to those of white children (Coleman et al. 1966). Because African American children disproportionately come from low-income families, it is generally…
Descriptors: African American Children, Low Income Groups, Disadvantaged Youth, Academic Achievement
Garcia, Emma; Weiss, Elaine – Economic Policy Institute, 2019
This report is the fourth in a series examining the magnitude of the teacher shortage and the working conditions and other factors that contribute to the shortage. The series finds that the teacher shortage is real, large and growing. When indicators of teacher quality (certification, relevant training, experience, etc.) are taken into account,…
Descriptors: Teacher Shortage, Teaching Conditions, Disadvantaged Schools, Poverty
Garcia, Emma; Weiss, Elaine – Economic Policy Institute, 2019
This report is the third in a series examining the magnitude of the teacher shortage and the working conditions and other factors that contribute to the shortage. The series finds that the teacher shortage is real, large and growing. When indicators of teacher quality (certification, relevant training, experience, etc.) are taken into account, the…
Descriptors: Teacher Shortage, Teacher Salaries, Disadvantaged Schools, Poverty
Garcia, Emma; Weiss, Elaine – Economic Policy Institute, 2019
This report is the second in a series examining the magnitude of the teacher shortage and the working conditions and other factors that contribute to the shortage. The series finds that the teacher shortage is real, large and growing. When indicators of teacher quality (certification, relevant training, experience, etc.) are taken into account,…
Descriptors: Teacher Shortage, Teacher Effectiveness, Elementary Secondary Education, Teacher Certification
Garcia, Emma; Weiss, Elaine – Economic Policy Institute, 2019
This report is the fifth in a series examining the magnitude of the teacher shortage and the working conditions and other factors that contribute to the shortage. The series finds that the teacher shortage is real, large and growing. When indicators of teacher quality (certification, relevant training, experience, etc.) are taken into account, the…
Descriptors: Teacher Shortage, Faculty Development, Communities of Practice, Public School Teachers
Garcia, Emma; Weiss, Elaine – Economic Policy Institute, 2019
This report is the first in a series examining the magnitude of the teacher shortage and the working conditions and other factors that contribute to the shortage. It finds that the teacher shortage is real, large and growing. When indicators of teacher quality (certification, relevant training, experience, etc.) are taken into account, the…
Descriptors: Teacher Shortage, Teacher Effectiveness, Elementary Secondary Education, Teacher Certification
Gould, Elise; Wolfe, Julia; Mokhiber, Zane – Economic Policy Institute, 2019
The members of the high school Class of 2019 who enter the labor market right after graduating have better job prospects than young people who graduated from high school into the aftermath of the recession, a result of the steady (if slow) progression of the economic recovery. This study analyzes data on recent young high school graduates (ages…
Descriptors: Employment Level, Unemployment, Underemployment, Wages
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