“It’s not surprising Indiana schools struggle to fill teacher vacancies,” posts Steve Hinnefeld. According to Alvin Chang of Vox, drawing on data from the National Education Association, “[Indiana pay cuts] are worse than the nation as a whole.” But do you want unlicensed teachers filling that gap? That is one proposal by the state legislature.
While we can’t change the declining manufacturing industries, we might want to look at the weakening of teacher unions and tax monies being siphoned away to the private charter and vouchers going to private schools. The push to privatize public schools is motivated more by accessing those tax dollars and controlling curriculum than reform, and this has all been exacerbated by the 2010 decision in Citizens United.