Des Moines offers teachers $50k incentive to stay
Des Moines Public Schools is offering a $50,000 incentive to teachers, nurses and administrators who are nearing retirement to stay with the district through the 2022-2023 school year.
- At least 58 have taken the offer according to records obtained by Axios.
Details: Recipients must be 60 years old by June 30, 2023 and have a minimum of 15 years at DMPS are eligible for the incentive.
- They can also buy into the district's health insurance plan up to the age of 65.
- District CFO Shashank Aurora says retirement delays will help DMPS avoid taking more drastic measures.
Yes, but: With less than a month before classes begin, the district still has more than 50 teacher and at least 100 support staff vacancies.
- It's possible that activities like Metro Kids, an after school program, may not be offered at some locations due to staffing, Phil Roeder, a district spokesperson, told Axios Friday.
State of play: There's an overall labor shortage that's driven partly by baby boomer retirements. Employers can no longer count on a flood of new workers to fill empty jobs.
- Yes, but: The threat of school violence, a pandemic and intensifying political interference in lesson plans has exacerbated staffing problems in education, Axios Erica Penday reports.
- Nearly 80% of educators said they were dissatisfied, according to a national survey conducted in June by the American Federation of Teachers, a union that represents 1.7 million members.
By the numbers: There were more than 5,400 Iowa school jobs posted Friday, according to Teach Iowa, a service through the Iowa Department of Education.
- More than 1,600 were for classroom teachers, including more than 100 in the Sioux City and Davenport metro areas.
Zoom in: More than 500 teachers resigned from DSM metro schools in recent months but DMPS has been the hardest hit.
- West Des Moines, Waukee and Ankeny each had between three and nine active teacher listings as of Friday.
What's next: Hiring is ongoing. District officials will have a better idea of what services might get reduced or cut in the next week or so, Roeder said.
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