Now we know the outcome of the reformers’ campaign to put a “great teacher” in every classroom (or at least a great computer). They unleashed their teacher-bashing campaign in 2010 with the release of “Waiting for Superman.” They told us our schools were overrun with bad teachers, and we could cure that by firing the bottonm 5-10% every year, based on test scores. Add “Superman” to Arne Duncan’s mandate to tie teacher evaluation to test scores and his constant refrain that teachers are lying to students by not telling them they are failures; and the Los Angeles Times publication of teacher ratings based on student test scores, applauded by Arne (“What’s there to hide?”); and the mass firing of teachers in Central Falls, Rhode Island (applauded by both Duncan and I ama); and the teacher-bashing by Michelle Rhee, which won her cover stories on TIME and Newsweek; and NBC’s “Education Nation”; Bill Gates advocating that great teachers should have larger classes and defining great with VAM; and state legislatures removing tenure, collective bargaining, funding the agency for inexperienced teachers, TFA; removing salary bumps for experience and education: and guess what happens? not a great teacher in every classroom, but a national teacher shortage!

Why would anyone want to be a teacher to join the ranks of the unrespected, the underpaid, and to become the targets of so many powerful people, a strange coalition of billionaires and yahoos?

Here is the latest from Politico:

“TRYING TO FIND TEACHERS: The number of teacher licenses issued each year in Indiana dropped by a third over the last five years. About 3,800 licenses were issued during the 2014-15 school year – down 21 percent from the previous year, according to state data [ ] released on Thursday. The numbers reflect a nationwide trend: Many states are struggling with teacher shortages. Teacher pay is dismal. Fewer students are enrolling in teacher preparation programs, drawn to better-paying jobs as the U.S. continues to climb out of the recession. During the 2008-09 school year, more than 719,000 students nationwide were enrolled in teacher prep programs. By 2012-13, that number fell to about 500,000. And some say [] that fights over academic standards, tenure and testing are driving teachers away.

“- States and districts are coping in a number of ways. Oklahoma is resorting to emergency measures, for example. The Oklahoma Board of Education has approved 842 emergency teaching certificates since July – compared to 825 emergency teaching certificates total over the last four years, the Tulsa World reports []. The emergency certificates allow people to work as teachers who don’t have the qualifications usually required. Oklahoma state education chief Joy Hofmeister told [ ] Morning Education earlier this month that she’s working to build pathways for emergency-certified teachers to get full certification. She also wants the state legislature to tackle teacher compensation this legislative session. The state announced [] Thursday that it’s forming a task force to tackle the shortage.

“- Oregon’s schools and districts are recruiting professionals without education backgrounds through alternative route licenses, the Associated Press reports [ ]. More than 2,200 Oregon students completed teacher preparation programs in 2008-09, compared to nearly 1,700 in 2012-13.”

The upshot: states will have to lower standards to have enough teachers. A strange strategy for improving education!