Pennsylvania Has a Plethora of Teachers

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, over 15,000 new teachers graduate from Pennsylvania’s 95 teaching colleges (including Penn State’s) per year. Fewer than half of those teachers will find jobs in-state because of Pennsylvania’s competitive educational job market:

“‘There were times here in a 12-month period where we had 1,200 resumes on file,'” [said Donald Kaminiski, director of human resources for the Chartiers Valley School District]. The district, which has 3,500 students and 263 teachers, has 703 active applications on file.”

Jay Hertzog, dean of the College of Education at Slippery Rock University, affirms Kaminski’s story:

“Kids who want to go teach in their home district aren’t being realistic. You have to spread your wings a little bit.”

The Tribune-Review reports that “Georgia produces 3,500 teachers a year but needs 9,000.” Looks like some students from Penn State’s College of Education will be heading south after graduation.

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