It’s not just that teachers have no job security anymore, as they’re now subject to federal regulations that require them to spend at least 10% of their working hours with students.
In 2016, teachers spent on average 30% of the time in class, a percentage that has declined in recent years as well.
The number of teachers working for the National Association of Secondary Education Teachers (NASTE) in the U.S. increased by 17% in 2016, from 1.3 million to 1.5 million, according to a report from the National Center for Education Statistics.
In fact, according the NASTE, the number of full-time full- and part-time elementary and secondary school teachers in the United States increased by 50% between 2016 and 2020, and by 64% since 2010.
The NASTE report also revealed that more than one-third of teachers reported working more than 50% of a class, up from 21% in the 2016 report.
A growing number of school districts and states are facing increased competition from online companies like Amazon and Google to hire and retain teachers, as well as from online educational institutions like Teach for America and Teach For America Education.
In 2017, Teach for American was awarded $1.2 billion by the federal government to expand its online programs, while Teach for Tomorrow, a program for young teachers, was awarded a $1 billion grant from the U,S.
Department of Education to recruit and retain additional teachers.
The online education industry is facing some tough competition as well, as more than 100 colleges and universities have filed lawsuits against schools and employers seeking to terminate their contracts with the online companies.
This is the third year in a row that there have been at least 100 lawsuits filed against online companies, according an August 2017 report from The New York Times.
“These lawsuits are designed to shut down the online educational industry, and they’re succeeding,” John L. Shuster, CEO of Teach For Tomorrow Education, told The Times.
The lawsuits are also aimed at protecting teachers from retaliation for participating in Teach for Change.
The New America Foundation, which promotes social justice and entrepreneurship in education, called on states to pass anti-discrimination laws protecting teachers, and said that teachers should not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, or religion.
A recent study by the Center for American Progress found that the online workforce is shrinking as a percentage of all teachers.
“Teachers have historically struggled to get the jobs they need, especially in the most challenging parts of our economy,” said Kristi Eich, an associate professor at the George Washington University’s Mercatus Center.
“With a shrinking workforce and fewer opportunities to get tenure and promotion, we need to find ways to ensure that all teachers can make a living, no matter what their education or training may be.”