Austin, TX – Stuffing problems are common in many public schools across the country year after year. Now, more than ever before, communities are stepping in to help schools solve this problem through a variety of technologies, funds, and community solutions.
After Kovid, it is tempting to believe that K-12 schools are currently facing staff shortages due to the epidemic. However, the deficit began after the Great Depression in 2008 when a reduction of স্ক 1,000 per student in public school funding was common in almost every state in the country. Despite state revenues returning to pre-recession levels by 2014, many states have yet to increase school funding at pre-recession levels. Add normal inflation and unprecedented tolls that the epidemic has imposed on everyone and public schools are now facing the biggest stuffing problem.
At WorkMonger, we believe communities are in a better position to help public school staff solve problems. Using advances in technology, community support, staff commitment, and state funding, communities can help heal and improve public schools.
During the epidemic, schools saw that students could be served remotely using modern technology to connect teachers, educators, parents and students together. Technology has the potential to solve another problem that contributes to staff shortages. Historically, schools competed against each other for rent from a small, local talent pool. But now, workers are leaving the industry in favor of another profession in another industry. With technology, teachers and administrators can remotely serve even the lowest-income and rural schools.
The technology can also be used to retain staff and collect and monitor turnover data. By tracking deficits in real-time, districts are able to meet temporary needs and problem-solving for long-term turnover.
School districts and their local communities can also connect staff to solve problems. In order to acquire new employees with less education and skills but those who are willing to learn districts can update their licensing requirements for their various open positions. Districts can then provide education and certification for those individuals so that they train on specific skills to fulfill their much-needed open role.
Districts can expand their search into a wider talent pool to include remote roles, as well as retired teachers, administrators and support staff. Retirees are a wonderful resource for school districts not only because they can fill the vacancies and tutoring positions for full-time individuals, but they also have a lot of institutional knowledge to help train new recruits. This kind of support will not only provide mental health benefits for all public school employees, but it will also help employees become stronger with bandwidth – even when they have to wear a lot of hats to meet low staffing roles.
It is no coincidence that in order to hire and retain quality staff, it is best to pay them well – even when it comes to public school teachers, administrators and support staff. Beyond just raising staff salaries, the school district could create compensation opportunities for staff, such as student loan repayments and mortgage assistance. Other incentives may include paying employees more to work in an underprivileged community.
To make these financial opportunities possible for school districts, everyone can reach out to their local and state governments to request more funding for government schools in their area. Communities across the country have shown their support for public school staff during the epidemic. Now is the time to band together for lasting change.
When communities come together to support an initiative to support their public schools, everyone wins – employees, parents and, most importantly, children. To learn more about how to contact your local and state government agencies, search your local and state government websites online.
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Callout: Using advances in technology, community support, staff commitment, and state funding, communities can help heal and improve public schools.