As a follow-up to Yahoo’s Sept. 28 piece on the challenges black educators face in the classroom and as a new Education Trust report is released, Yahoo Lifestyle reached out to black and Latino educators to see if they could offer solutions.
Sixty-three percent of public school districts still offer a starting salary below $40,000, according to the National Education Association. “How can we recruit and retain quality teachers ... if we don’t pay them what they’re worth?” asks the organization's president.
Actress and activist Busy Philipps is helping secure school supplies for teachers across the country by posting to her nearly 2-million follower Instagram. "I feel a great deal of responsibility for trying to figure out ways to ease the burden on those around me," she says.
As crowdfunding becomes a popular way for teachers to get the missing classroom supplies they need, some districts are banning the practice altogether.
In interviews with Yahoo Lifestyle, more than a dozen teachers across the U.S. discussed how increasing demands of teaching have negatively affected their mental health — causing insomnia, depression, anxiety and panic attacks.
Teachers are becoming "sugar babies" to supplement their educator salaries, instead of taking on extra jobs.
Yahoo Lifestyle checked in with Weingarten about what appears to be a full-blown U.S. teacher crisis, pushing educators out of the field in record numbers.
Jamilah Pitts spent six years teaching English in New York public schools before moving into an administrative role. "There were just many days when I was constantly empty and ... pouring out from an empty cup."
While 16 percent of public school students are black, the teaching field remains overwhelmingly white. Black educators open up about the pressure this places on them each day.
The National Education Association reports that across the country, 10 percent of public school teachers have reported being threatened with injury by a student; six percent have been physically attacked.
A Yahoo Lifestyle survey of more than 50 former public-school teachers found anecdotal reports that high stress is fueling physical health problems in America’s educators — a theory researchers have been pushing for years.
Karin Selchert was a teacher for four years before leaving to become a plumber who makes double. "I loved my job," she says. "It breaks my heart."
A Trump administration plan could cause a ripple effect, eliminating free school lunches to 500,000 children in need.
Teachers spend hundreds — sometimes thousands — of dollars on supplies for their classrooms and students each year. "I wish we had more funding and support," says one.
More teachers left the profession in 2018 than in any other year on record. Yahoo Lifestyle spoke with over 50 teachers about what led them to abandon a job that many believed would last a lifetime.