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California public school administrators are facing a significant problem from teacher shortages due to both attrition and retention problems. Large numbers of retiring baby boomers, as well as teachers leaving the pr*****ession or the state because of dissatisfaction h***** created an increase in demand/open teaching positions across the state. Reasons for ***** include lack of room for advancement, unfavorable response to ***** "No Child Left Behind" legislation, pay issues, and ***** of support from school administration. California universities ***** other sources ***** teachers are not training enough teachers to fill the gap.

In the absence of trained teachers, interns, emergency certified *****, and otherwise under-prepared individuals are teaching in California schools. This piecemeal solution is causing gaps in the education ***** under-prepared teachers are more prevalent in at-risk schools. Quick and effective methods of attracting qualified teachers and retaining them in California is necessary to avoid serious long-term problems in *****. Address*****g *****as ***** dissatisfaction among current teachers is also crucial to maintaining the current workforce.

A review of ***** available research and surveys reveals many possible solutions, including incentives and measured ***** make the teaching career more rewarding. Recognizing that most non-retiree ***** is due to ***** having better opportunities in another field or situation, a ***** plan needs to be put ********** effect that makes teaching in ***** competitive with other ********** in terms of compensation, personal development, and possibility for *****. Any plan must also attract future teachers while ***** making teaching an attractive possibility for students deciding on a ***** career. Possible alternative *****s *****d suggestions ***** national and regional studies are discussed.

***** Human Resources Dilemma Confronting Public School Administrations

*****. Introduction

California public school ***** have been addressing the immense task of managing teacher shortages across the state. The challenge involves both recruiting and retaining quality schoolteachers for California schools. Administrators have implemented stopgap measures while searching for a long-term solution to this growing problem. Fresh ***** based on research ***** teacher trends are needed, along ***** more ***** on ***** satisfacti***** ***** attrition statistics.

State agencies set stricter guidelines ***** teachers in the past decade, ***** the problem of balancing teacher ***** and qualification with availability. Qualified applicants ***** also not available ***** ***** declining interest, ***** low numbers of trained *****s being ***** in California ***** ***** private sector. ***** ***** interest may be the result of higher fees for credentialing *****. Additionally, government and education groups across the nation ***** projected record ***** of retiring teachers in the next ***** (EdSource, 2001). All of these factors lend to a reduced number of teachers available for *****ing *****.

Yet, further problems exist beyond limited ***** applicants. The National Center ***** Education Statistics (NCES) recently found ***** approximately 8% of America's ***** transfer schools annually, and 7-13% choose to leave the teaching field entirely (Luekens, Lyter, & Fox, 2004). Adequate statistics are ***** available for California, but estimates by The Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning project that California


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