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Factsheet: Biden-Harris administration announces public and private sector actions to strengthen teaching and help schools fill vacancies

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Our nation’s teachers prepare and inspire the next generation of leaders who will be crucial to our future. For years, however, our education system has faced challenges in attracting, recruiting and retaining qualified teachers. This challenge has been exacerbated by the pandemic. When children across the country begin the 2022-2023 school year, too many schools will need qualified teachers, bus drivers, paraprofessionals, nurses, mental health professionals, and others. are struggling to fill teacher vacancies, including key school professionals in This is essential for students to recover academically, access the mental health support they need, and succeed in and out of the classroom.

Today, the Biden-Harris administration is announcing new efforts to strengthen teaching and help schools to address teacher shortages as the new school year begins. New initiatives from leading recruiting platforms to make it easier to find opportunities in including new initiatives from organizations of

From day one, the President will ensure that teachers, paraprofessionals, and other school staff are competitively compensated to address these long-standing staffing challenges facing our schools, exacerbated by the pandemic. It makes clear that they must be received and treated with the respect and dignity they deserve. Such as through better working conditions for staff and better learning conditions for students. Today’s announcement builds on that call and on the actions the President has already taken to invest in and support educators across the country and address staffing shortages. His $130 billion in President Biden’s America Relief Plan, directed at his K-12 schools across the country, will allow school districts across the country to invest in teacher pipeline programs, increase teacher pay, and increase the overall education workforce. It made it possible to hire more professionals. With ARP funding, the district will increase the number of school social workers by 54%, increase the number of school workers by 22%, and increase the number of school nurses by 22% compared to pre-pandemic. I was able to. Today’s announcement reflects additional steps taken by the administration and leaders across the sector to continue to address this challenge.

First Lady Jill Biden, Secretary Cardona, Secretary Walsh, Ambassador Rice, executives from ZipRecruiter, Handshake, Indeed, the National Governors Association, the National Teachers Association, the National Education Association, and the leaders of the Chief State Schools Council will be in attendance this afternoon. did. Officials and the Association of American Colleges of Teacher Education will meet in the Roosevelt Room to discuss the staffing challenges facing schools, these new actions, and the additions that federal, state, local, educational institutions, and the private sector can strengthen. discuss how to teaching profession.

Talent Industry announced a new initiative to help school districts discover talent and help more Americans find jobs in schools.

Today, the leading recruitment and recruiting platform is a series that makes it easy for states and school districts to source, recruit, and recruit job-seeking teachers and school professionals to help more Americans find jobs in education. is announcing a new action for

  • ZipRecruiter Today teeth start the New online job portal Specialized in K-12 school workThis portal features public school job openings across the United States for teachers, nurses, guidance counselors, social workers, mental health counselors, librarians, and more. Schools, districts, and states can partner with ZipRecruiter to include open roles for free. The Jobs Portal also includes additional recruiting resources that include best practices for both job seekers and the district’s HR team.
  • Handshake helps college students explore their teaching careers. In October 2022, Handshake will host a free nationwide virtual event to help current undergraduates learn about pathways in the education field, including teachers, guidance counselors, school mental health professionals, and school psychologists. We support. The event will provide information on how educators can make an impact and offer practical advice for building a career in teaching. In tandem with the event, Handshake will publish a list of all schools and districts that are hiring students and graduates this year, helping aspiring educators begin their career search. The Handshake network includes 10 million current and recent students at 1,400 two- and four-year colleges nationwide, including 281,000 who have completed or are pursuing education degrees.
  • that’s right has announced it will facilitate a virtual job fair for educators across the country. These events focus specifically on recruiting teachers, administrators, counselors, and other staff. Participating companies will have access to Indeed’s suite of free recruiting tools to manage the end-to-end hiring process, from job posting to interview.

The Biden administration will unveil new actions and highlight resources to strengthen the educator pipeline and address the shortage.

Today, the Department of Education (ED) and Department of Labor (DOL) encourage state and local education and workforce leaders to take a series of actions to address teacher and school staff shortages and invest in education. issued a joint letter. Occupations including:

  • Pay teachers livable and competitive wages. Clerks Cardona and Walsh urge governors and district leaders to use $350 billion from the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Middle School Emergency Relief Fund and state and local fiscal reconstruction funds to pay teachers’ salaries. I encourage you to raise it. Low wages continue to contribute significantly to a weak teacher pipeline and a history of high turnover. On average, teachers earn about 33% less than other graduate professionals. After adjusting for inflation, a public school teacher’s average weekly wage has increased by only $29 between 1996 and 2021.
  • Expanding high-quality systems for training and supporting teachers, such as the registered teacher apprenticeship system. DOL is committed to prioritizing the education sector in future apprenticeship funding. This includes an upcoming round of apprenticeship grants of over $100 million. This provides important support for states and other partners looking to start and expand teacher apprenticeship programs. Students need qualified teachers who are ready to teach and reflect the diversity of their students. Teachers need affordable pathways to their careers. Registered teacher apprenticeship programs allow individual individuals (including those already working in schools, such as teaching assistants) to earn while they learn and acquire teaching skills under the supervision of a mentor teacher. You can earn a salary and take coursework to get your teaching license. This allows teachers to gain solid classroom experience before tutoring themselves and makes it more affordable to become a teacher. State and local labor boards can use Title I funds from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to support these programs. The Executive Director also encourages state and local labor boards to work with the education system to address the shortage of non-educational staff in schools.
    • States like Tennessee are already using American Rescue Plan funds to invest in and expand their Registered Teacher Apprentice Program, and will use immediate resources to develop new We make long-term investments in our educational programs. As in Tennessee, you can use the Registered Teacher Apprentice Program to expand your avenues to quality careers, including residencies and self-development programs. These models provide teachers with a robust classroom experience during training. The Grow Your Own program is especially useful for districts to develop their own teachers, working with institutions of higher education to guide educational assistants, career transitions, and high school students on the path to becoming teachers.

National Teachers Union and state organizations to expand quality pathways for teachers, including teacher apprenticeship programs

National organizations representing teachers, state principals, governors and teachers’ colleges today announced they are working together to expand high-quality registered teacher apprenticeships, educational training and Grow Your Own programs.

  • Council of Supreme State Schools (CCSSO), Federation of Teachers of America (AFT), National Education Association (NEA), National Governors Association (NGA) Collaborate with other partners in the field to identify best practices, support members in pursuing registered apprenticeships and other important strategies, and ensure teacher quality while ensuring entry into the profession. and announced that it will increase the number of paths to growth.
  • The Pathways Alliance – a coalition of public and private organizations dedicated to supporting a strong and diverse pipeline of teachers – is creating national guidelines for registered teacher apprenticeship programs. These guidelines help states and school districts establish high-quality registered teacher apprenticeship programs and, based on ongoing work, provide guidelines for high-quality teacher training.

As part of the Biden administration’s commitment to supporting and investing in educators, the White House is hosting Public Service Loan Forgiveness Day today.

Earlier this year, the Biden administration made temporary changes to the Civil Servant Loan Forgiveness Program to ensure teachers and school employees have access to eligible loan forgiveness. As part of today’s day of action, major educational institutions such as the National Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association are working to make temporary changes to their programs available to school officials across the country. To take advantage of the temporary change, borrowers must apply and prove employment for the period they want to count towards the PSLF using the PSLF Help Tool. For more information, please visit The temporary change will end on October 31, 2022. The White House is urging qualified teachers to take advantage today before it expires.