I’m normally quite patient. However, I tire of the continuing questions surrounding how to attract new teachers to the profession: incentive pay, merit pay, favorable schedules, allowances, priority housing, signing bonuses, and more.
Pay them more! Start all salaries at a level comparable to other professionals, and the applications will pour in.
A teacher at the NEA-RA recalled speaking at the general assembly 25 years ago about this very topic. She related that her solution was to raise all salaries 50%. Last week she again said raising salaries is the only sure way to do it. 25 years and the problem remains the same, and the solution–granted, very expensive and unpopular–is known.
Pay them, and they will come.