Teacher shortages and salary schedules [by] Joseph A. Kershaw [and] Roland N. McKean.
An analysis of the relationship between teacher shortages and salary schedules in the public schools. It is shown that the problem facing the schools is not so much a shortage in the total numbers of teachers available as it is a problem of shortages of well-qualified teachers in specific subject-matter areas. What is needed is a salary schedule which recognizes the existence of the professional opportunities outside of teaching for teachers with certain subject-matter skills. A salary schedule with subject-matter pay differentials would be an effective and relatively inexpensive way of filling specific teacher shortages in the short run and of achieving, in the long run, a better balance of subject-matter specialties among teachers in training. The administrative problems attending the introduction of such a schedule are discussed, and it is concluded that they can be resolved without insuperable difficulties.