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Education Secretary Miguel Cardona: Use COVID-19 relief funds to hire teachers

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona says states and faculty districts ought to use federal COVID-19 relief funds to repair instructor shortages as some college districts resort to four-day weeks due to staffing issues.

“This is a year full of promise and opportunities for students who have, for the last two years, put up with too much,” Mr. Cardona stated Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “And thanks to the American Rescue Plan, the dollars are there to make sure that we can open up our schools with sufficient educators. Our students need more, not less.”

Mr. Cardona stated the instructor scarcity will be fastened by providing aggressive salaries and higher working situations.

“Let’s face it: This teacher shortage is a symptom of something that’s been going on for longer than the pandemic, and that’s a teacher respect issue,” Mr. Cardona stated.

KCUR Radio reported that almost 120 districts in Missouri have switched to a four-day college week since 2010 as a approach to entice teachers into the workforce. 

States like California have additionally flirted with shorter weeks.

“When I hear reports of districts shortening up their week, it concerns me. Our students need additional support, they need smaller class sizes, they need tutors, they need after-school programs,” Mr. Cardona stated. “So, let’s use the American Rescue Plan dollars to bring back retired teachers, to work with universities to make sure that our student teachers are starting a little bit earlier into their profession using the dollars that were put forward by the federal government.”

For extra info, go to The Washington Times COVID-19 useful resource web page.

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