SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- One group is addressing concerns about a teacher shortage in Minnesota schools. Education Minnesota is making a formal recommendation Monday on ways to bring quality teachers to understaffed school districts.
Education Minnesota held a news conference at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the State Office Building where educators from across the state laid out released a report on how to attract and retain teachers. The group also recommended policy solutions on the issue.
KARE 11 reported on a shortage of math and science teachers in Minnesota schools in 2015 and not enough substitute teachers in 2014. The issue had forced some teachers to head to work sick and forced superintendents to divide up classes or teach classes themselves.
Education Minnesota laid out a list of proposals that advocates hope will fix what they call a "growing shortage of teachers, particularly teachers of color."
- The group wants more financing for highly qualified teachers.
- They want to create programs in high schools that promote teaching as a profession.
- They also want to create financial incentives for teachers willing to work at schools with "high needs populations."
The group wants to improve teachers' abilities to properly respond to student needs and include teachers in the schools' decision making process.
They want to invest in high-quality professional development for all educators.
Education Minnesota organizers say special education is an area where there is an extreme shortage of teachers. Advocates want to decrease work stress for teachers in that area.
"The nationwide teacher shortage has finally arrived in Minnesota and it's time for action," said Denise Specht, president of Education Minnesota, in a news release. "Our team of educators has studied the issue and is ready to present thoughtful solutions that will put a qualified and committed teacher in every Minnesota classroom."