Via the New York Times: Schools Fight for Teachers Because of High Turnover. Excerpt:
GREENSBORO, N.C. — The retirement of thousands of baby boomer teachers coupled with the departure of younger teachers frustrated by the stress of working in low-performing schools is fueling a crisis in teacher turnover that is costing school districts substantial amounts of money as they scramble to fill their ranks for the fall term.
Superintendents and recruiters across the nation say the challenge of putting a qualified teacher in every classroom is heightened in subjects like math and science and is a particular struggle in high-poverty schools, where the turnover is highest.
Thousands of classes in such schools have opened with substitute teachers in recent years. Here in Guilford County, N.C., turnover had become so severe in some high-poverty schools that principals were hiring new teachers for nearly every class, every term.
To staff its neediest schools before classes start on Aug. 28, recruiters have been advertising nationwide, organizing teacher fairs and offering one of the nation’s largest recruitment bonuses, $10,000 to instructors who sign up to teach Algebra I.
This demographic crisis has been foreseeable for twenty years. It's already happening in post-secondary (slightly masked by middle-aged part-time faculty moving up into full-time jobs as the regulars retire). Of course it's going to happen in K-12, and of course the poor districts will suffer the most from it.
In Canada we at least have roughly equal funding for school districts, urban and rural. Horsefly, BC can't match the attractions of Kelowna or Edmonton, but it's got a fighting chance to recruit the teachers it needs. In the US, rich districts have an advantage and poor districts don't.