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WXVU MAINLINE NEWS MINUTE FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 10

Written by on April 10, 2024

By: Gabriella Raful

The shortage of educators and school staffers has reached a crisis level in some Pennsylvania public schools. The state will need to fill thousands of vacancies for teachers, principals and administrative staff by August of 2025, according to a report from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Billy Hileman with the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers say there’s been a decline in enrollment for teacher education programs at universities in the past decade. But one exception can be found at Pittsburgh’s Brashear High School. Hileman says it aims to inspire and prepare students interested in pursuing teaching careers.

“There are students in the Pittsburgh Public Schools who do the Teacher Academy who do become teachers, who otherwise might not have, partly because of the really wonderful teachers who have been part of that effort. Expanding that in more public schools across our state, can make a difference.”

Pennsylvania serves more than one-point-seven million students in grades K-through-12. This year, the Shapiro Administration unveiled a 379-thousand-dollar grant to create an apprenticeship program to produce more certified teachers for Pennsylvania schools.