America’s teacher shortage is a persistent but confounding issue, especially for policy makers at the national and state level. National statistics tend to smooth out the problematic wrinkles of this highly localized but important issue.

A recent report from the Learning Policy Institute digs into that research and has found that, although not every state or even every district faces teacher shortages, at least not to the same extent, the places that do experience shortages do so due to policies that do not prioritize teachers, students, or communities in their implementation.

CTQ and the Learning Policy Institute are kicking off 2018 with a co-hosted roundtable blogging discussion, where educators from across the country will share voices from the field on why the teacher shortage is a critical issue that demands a national response.

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