Teacher vacancies are not new to Tennessee, but they have been exacerbated by the pandemic. The abrupt shift to virtual learning with little training caused excess early retirements and resignations leaving empty classrooms in their wake. The Tennessee Education Report states, “This staffing shortage is the result of the well-documented failure of Tennessee’s school funding formula, the Basic Education Program (BEP), to adequately fund the cost of education for all students, especially students in the state’s poorest districts and schools."
In April 2021, Frontline Education surveyed 1,200 district leaders to discover that two out of three respondents reported having teacher shortages in their schools. This is a record high since launching the survey in 2015.
“I don’t have to worry about a student not having access to high-quality instruction every single day with Proximity. That gap is already closed.”
“It’s more than just filling a seat in the classroom or recruiting teachers. It’s about providing high-quality, strong instruction for students so that they can be successful. And when you do that, you create a stronger academic landscape in your community.”
“Our last benchmark, 100% of our kids were projected to be on track and master our end-of-year course. It’s very effective. You can compare that to schools that actually have the algebra course with the instructor in the room. We are right on track with them and, in a lot of cases, doing better than they are.”
“The other day at my staffing meeting they were like: ‘What would you be able to do without Proximity Learning?’ I said I’d panic. Because it’s been such a success for us. Watching them grow, watching them be competitive with their counterparts at other schools and giving me that flexibility has just been tremendous.”
Could live online instruction from Proximity Learning benefit your school district?