Kindergarten teacher Crystal Copes works with rising first graders during summer school at Laurel Elementary on June 11, 2021. Photo by Anne Wernikoff, CalMatters

(CALMATTERS) – Money, won’t solve all of California’s problems as it emerges from the pandemic — especially when it comes to schools. Not only are districts facing a shortage of teachers for overflowing summer school programs, they’re also facing a lack of staff for the upcoming fall semester — exacerbated by a decline in teacher credentials earned amid the pandemic, EdSource reports.

  • Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner“Yes, more money would allow schools to hire more reading teachers if there were more to be hired. … Fewer than 200 people are currently graduating each year from university programs with a reading specialist certificate in the entire state of California.”

The fallout from a year-plus of Zoom classes is going to be rough: State lawmakers on Monday sent a bill to Newsom’s desk that would temporarily allow students to repeat a grade if they aren’t passing at least half of their courses and permit high schools to use a “pass/no pass” system instead of letter grades. Examples of passing rates falling are everywhere: Eleven of 27 kids in a Madera South High School economics class got D’s or F’s this school year — twice as many as during a typical year.