EdSource, August 1, 2019
To address a persistent teacher shortage in math and science, the California State University system is pumping $10 million into its Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative over the next four years.
While enrollment in teacher preparation programs in California has increased in recent years, the majority of districts are still struggling to fill teaching positions. According to the Learning Policy Institute, 75 percent of 211 California districts surveyed in 2016 couldn’t find fully prepared teachers.
The shortage of math and science teachers is a particularly challenging. California will need to add at least 33,000 new math and science teachers within the next decade, according to a 2016 report by the Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative.
“Math is not everybody’s cup of tea. You have to work hard to get through all of these upper division math courses and sometimes that’s where students can give up,” said Debasree Raychaudhuri, a math professor at Cal State LA who helps oversee the Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative work on the campus.
The additional $10 million, which will come from the university’s operating fund, will nearly double the funds available for the initiative over the next four years. The program previously had an annual budget of $2.7 million. The added funding will be used to recruit new students, provide financial aid and create new credential pathways, CSU officials said this week in announcing the increase. Read More