Resources on the Teaching Profession
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 300,000 teachers were leaving the profession each year, and schools were also facing persistent shortages among the school support staff who play such a vital role in every child’s school day. The pandemic only made things worse. The pandemic, combined with political culture wars, made the last two years the toughest in modern times for educators.
The AFT conducted a members survey as well as hosted focus groups where our members shared their on-the-ground experiences. Armed with that data, along with expert academic research, our national Teacher and School Staff Shortage Task Force—made up of 25 leaders from state and local affiliates across the country—released a report, Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?. This report offers practical, research-proven solutions to reverse the shortages and revitalize the education profession.