The New Normal: What challenges are our schools facing right now?
News 12's Elizabeth Hashagen was joined by ConnectED Workforce co-founder and president Ashley Bencan and Mount Olive Township Superintendent Dr. Rob Zywicki.
Summer learning and after-school programs emerge as the top strategies for helping students recover academically from the pandemic's impacts. About half the districts in the sample are planning to spend COVID-19 relief money on summer programs, and about a third will pay for extended learning time after school. Tutoring is another popular approach to giving students more time, and many districts plan to invest in new instructional materials, software and student academic assessments.
Education faces an unprecedented workforce crisis. Core issues of job quality, safety, recruitment and retention have been created or intensified by the pandemic. More than half of America's teachers think about or plan to quit.
New national data shows that just 12% of teachers are very satisfied with their jobs, and 40% are very or fairly likely to leave the profession in the next two years.