SUNY Chancellor tells NYSSBA that up to 180,000 new teachers may be needed in the next 10 years

Says teacher shortage is "…finally catching up with us"

FOR RELEASE: March 20, 2017

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In an exclusive interview, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher tells Timothy Kremer, executive director of the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA), that school districts may need to hire 180,000 new teachers in the next ten years.

In her conversation with Kremer, Zimpher said, "We are having teacher shortages already, not just universal, but by region and by discipline. So, we need more second language teachers. We need more special ed teachers. We need more STEM teachers. We've known this, but it is finally catching up with us."

Zimpher made her remarks to Kremer during a recent interview for the NYSSBA News program, "Newsmakers."

A NYSSBA analysis of State Education Department data shows that the number of classroom teachers in New York's public schools decreased by nearly 11 percent from 2006-07 to 2014-15. In fact, New York has not experienced an increase in the total number of classroom teachers since the 2008-09 school year. The state has lost more than 26,000 teachers since 2008-09.

In June, Zimpher resigns as Chancellor of the SUNY education system, but will continue her career in education.

The two education leaders also candidly discussed the Teach-NY Report, Governor Cuomo's proposed Free College Tuition Program, the SUNY Smart Track Program, and the importance of community colleges.

Click below to view the broadcast quality interview (HD):

(Media outlets can use excerpts from the interview with a courtesy to "NYSSBA News".)

Photograph of Zimpher and Kremer:

Photo Courtesy:    Barbara Bennett, New York State School Boards Association



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