The Lasting Impacts to Education in Humboldt County of the Great Recession and Declining School Enrollment
- Published: Saturday, August 5, 2017
California is facing a teacher shortage unlike any it has previously experienced. This statewide shortage is impacting Humboldt County schools as well. This means the quality of teachers we can place in our classrooms is in jeopardy.
Historically, schools have been spoiled behind the Redwood Curtain, with an abundance of teachers clamoring to teach in our local schools. Humboldt State University (HSU) had a dynamic teacher preparation program, attracting future teachers from around the state and some from around the nation. During their time in school, many students fell in love with the north coast and decided to call it home. When we opened an elementary teaching position, we typically received over 100 applicants. So what happened to create the critical shortage we are experiencing? The answer to this question involves multiple factors.