* So there is a major teacher shortage in California (Dec. 8). This shortage gets even worse in major urban inner-city schools. With overcrowded classrooms, schools that are literally falling apart, school violence, uncaring and overpaid school administrations, teachers being blamed for a laundry list of student and school failures, no accountability for those who make policy at the top and the level of teachers' pay, people are surprised about the teacher shortage because . . . ?