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Davis Unified School District Aims To Retain Teachers With Paid Internship Program

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Davis Joint Unified School District is trying to find new ways to attract and retain teachers. It's a problem facing many districts in California.

The Learning Policy Institute surveyed 200 school districts and found that most of the school districts facing a shortage say the situation is getting worse.

In Davis, its school district is considering a new paid internship program for teachers getting their credential.

Davis Teachers Association President Blair Howard says the district is hoping the program would create a pipeline of new teachers who find they enjoy working in the area.

"I'd be hopeful on that too, I enjoy, you know, working where I work, but I could also see people saying 'OK great, I've got my credential. I'm out of here,'" Howard says. "I'm going to somewhere else and they're going to pay me 10,000 more dollars."

Howard says the district has also discussed offering gym memberships and more career counseling.

But he says the bottom line is still competitive pay.


Sally Schilling

Reporter/Podcast Producer

Sally Schilling is a Davis native and a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She has reported on redwood poachers robbing national forests in Humboldt County and the dangers of melting tropical glaciers in the Peruvian Andes.  Read Full Bio 

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