Teacher Shortage Task Force Report

In a Special Order of Business at the AFT Convention 2022, delegates unanimously adopted a new report and recommendations from the AFT Teacher and School Staff Shortage Task Force . "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow? What America Must Do to Attract and Retain the Educators and School Staff Our Students Need," embodies seven months of intensive work by the task force, which is made up of 25 leaders from AFT state and local affiliates across the country.

The result is a landmark analysis that examines the root causes of snowballing shortages and spells out practical strategies for attracting and retaining the educators and school staff our students need and deserve.

The report comes on the heels of an AFT member survey that showed the 2021-22 academic year was “one of the worst years for preK-12 teachers and staff.” The survey showed the lowest job satisfaction ratings for paraprofessionals and school-related personnel ever recorded and revealed that 79 percent of teachers said they’re dissatisfied with their current overall working conditions. 

The report offers practical, research-proven solutions to reverse the shortages and revitalize the education profession. 

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