Grab an umbrella today, we’re hearing a 70% chance of some rainfall in addition to temperatures in the 80s.

The shortage of teachers is real, Philly. But not just here, it’s a crisis nationwide. We take a look at the most significant pain points and potential long-term effects.

And, meet the Amazon distribution center workers from Bellmawr who said no when the mega-site attempted to reassign them to do hectic work far from home.

😬 Oh, did you hear about the small plane that made an emergency landing on St. David’s Golf Course?

Let’s get into Thursday. 👇

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Why are good teachers leaving the classroom?

America is experiencing a teacher shortage, fueled by low pay, tough working conditions, and decreasing respect for the profession, all exacerbated by a pandemic that has seen teachers quit in droves in some areas.

But a big part of the problem is the so-called pipeline of those studying to be teachers. There simply aren’t as many people willing to teach as before. Nationally, there has been a 25% drop in the number of people completing teacher education programs from 2010 to 2020, and in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the percentage drop has been almost double the amount.

Colleges and universities are holding expos and teacher summits to entice students to consider the profession, even as their enrollments decline or fall stagnant. Experts in the field believe there needs to be a concerted effort from a public relations perspective to get teachers excited about the classroom.

Our reporter Susan Snyder takes a look in the first of a series examining the levels of a nationwide teacher shortage and, what teachers say needs to be done.

🍎 Are you a teacher, student, parent or administrator who has a story to tell about how the teacher shortage has impacted you or your school? Consider contacting our education editor Cathy Rubin, or staff writer Susan Snyder at

What you should know today

Production over people sparks N.J. protest against Amazon

Depending on your role, working for Amazon can be particularly challenging.

So with that in mind when employees from a distribution site in Bellmawr recently learned that only about 30 workers would be transferred to West Deptford while 50 would be sent to Swedesboro and the rest would be spread across three other locations with some commutes are expected to near an hour, according to employees — it didn’t sit well.

On Wednesday, 10 employees walked out to protest what they described as a broken promise. Though small, the protest by the non-union workers is the latest example of labor activism at an Amazon facility, from efforts to unionize across the country.

Our reporter Ximena Conde takes a look at what happened and next steps for many workers caught in the mix.

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