KCBS_740SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — School districts around the country are looking to fill teaching positions as a shortage lingers well into the start of a new year, and now a Stanford professor is releasing the first comprehensive look at how bad the nation’s teacher shortage really is.

This isn’t just a Bay Area problem. Tampa Florida still has thousands of slots to fill, and Arizona’s turnover rate is so high it still has to fill positions months into the school year.

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“Salaries have declined. Working conditions have gotten worse – larger class sizes – less access to the materials for teaching,” Stanford Professor Linda Darling Hammond told KCBS.

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Hammond is head of the Learning Policy Institute, which studied the shortage. She says this is the first major shortage since the mid-90s.

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The shortage is especially severe in math, science, bi-lingual and special-ed. This comes as more kids are enrolling in public schools but the teachers that are in the classroom are thinking about retirement or switching careers.