Students return to school this fall on much more tenuous ground than perhaps their parents realize. The aging workforce, which we see retiring in business, industry and professions across the board, is clearly evident in Kansas’ public schools. Meanwhile our universities’ schools of education aren’t turning out the teacher graduates they once did to replace the growing ranks of retirees.
Currently most school districts, including Marshall County’s, are relying more than ever on instructors who aren’t fully certified but have “transition to teaching” credentials. This might be fine in small numbers, but it’s trending toward an ever-larger percentage of teachers over the next several years. This needs the public’s attention.