As teacher shortages once again become widespread in California and across the nation, discussions of how to recruit and retain high-quality teachers are occupying center stage in policy circles. Newly emerging residency programs offer an innovative approach to recruiting and retaining high-quality teachers. Currently, the state has at least 10 such programs meeting critical hiring needs for a number of districts and charter schools in urban and rural areas.
Throughout the summer and into the fall of 2015, school districts across the state struggled to fill vacant teaching positions with qualified staff. In fall of 2015, a Field Poll of California voters revealed that Californians are well aware of the emerging shortage of K-12 public school teachers and think the state should take decisive action to rectify the situation.