Here in Nebraska the number of open teaching positions has more than tripled.
It means some that are being hired, aren’t fully qualified.
And it’s a result of the large decrease in college students majoring in education.
The number of kids in k-12 keeps increasing, but at the same time the number of Nebraska college students majoring in education decreased by a third.
The University says there are several reasons for this and part of the problem is parents.
The Interim Dean for the College of Education and Human Sciences says perception plays a big role in this.
“They believe for the most part that teachers are under-paid and they believe the job is under tremendous scrutiny,” said Interim Dean, Beth Doll.
Beth Doll shared a 2018 survey from an education magazine titled, “Teaching: Respect but Dwindling Appeal,” which looked into reasons for the decline.
“The important finding, was that they didn’t want their kids to be a teacher,” said Doll.
54% of parents surveyed nationally say they would not like to see their child teach in a public school.