L.A. teacher shortage crisis hits poor kids hardest, forcing a last-ditch staffing effort

With less than two months left in the school year, many of Los Angeles Unified’s highest-needs campuses remain significantly understaffed, impeding academic recovery and prompting Supt. Alberto M. Carvalho to redeploy personnel who hold teaching credentials back into the classroom.

The district’s teacher shortage — a deepening problem in California and nationwide — has hit hardest at schools in parts of South L.A. and several other low-income neighborhoods, according to a report by Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, a nonprofit group that manages schools in underserved communities. Fueled by a record $20-billion pandemic-aid-enhanced budget this year, L.A. Unified had promised a hiring spree unseen since the late 1990s, with thousands of new teachers, counselors and other workers who would help lift students from struggles after a year of distance learning and pandemic hardships. Click here to read more: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-04-20/lausd-teacher-shortage-proposal?utm_id=53515&sfmc_id=2420175