Over the last five years, the number of students enrolled in K-12 schools has gone up by 1.6 percent, and to keep up with that growth, the country would have needed to hire an additional 132,000 teachers, according to analysis from the Economic Policy Institute. But instead, over that period the U.S. slashed 258,000 jobs in local education, a group mostly made up of teachers (although one that also includes counselors, administration, and aides). That leaves the country with a deficit of 389,000 educators.
I guess that is what happens when you deamonize, marginalize and try to turn teaching from a profession into a service industry job.
Be sure to thank Jeb Bush, Bill Gates, the Waltons, Teach for America and the other corporate reformers for this sad state of affairs.