Report offers comprehensive remedies for Pa. Shortage of Teachers | News

PHILADELPHIA (TNS) — A new report on Pennsylvania’s teacher shortage recommends sweeping changes that affect how teachers are prepared, paid and retained, and advocates solutions that address not only the problem but its root causes throughout the system.

Student teachers should be paid, and Pennsylvania should explore schemes that would allow college students to become teachers for free. There should be closer partnerships between school districts and colleges, better evaluation of teacher preparation programs, and higher salaries for teachers who act as mentors.