It isn’t often I salute a teacher union for a factual statement to the press, but today is that day.
The New Castle News needed a quote for its standard-issue teacher shortage story and so approached the Pennsylvania State Education Association. It got this:
“It is not accurate to say Pennsylvania currently has a teacher shortage,” said PSEA spokesman Wythe Keever.
We’ll give Keever a pass for the remainder of the quote, which was “There is evidence however that a teacher shortage may be rapidly approaching.” History suggests the teacher shortage is always rapidly approaching.
Pennsylvania did have 1,137 fewer teachers in 2016 than the year before. But it also had 25,746 fewer students. That adjustment actually improved the state’s student-teacher ratio.