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Cuts Prompt Teacher Shortages Across The Country

Associated Press - September 13, 2015 7:02 am

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After years of recession-related layoffs and hiring freezes, school systems across the United States are in urgent need of more qualified teachers.

Shortages have surfaced in places like Tampa, Florida, and Las Vegas, where billboards calling for new teachers dot the highways, as well as in states such as Georgia, Indiana and North Dakota that have long struggled to attract education graduates.

California educates more children than any other state, but has seen the number of teaching certificates issued drop by half in the last decade. Meanwhile, the state’s school districts estimate they will need 21,000 new teachers annually over the next five years.

School administrators and academic researchers say the decline in the number of people training to be teachers is just part of the problem.

According to data released by Kansas State Department of Education in July, at least 3,720 Kansas teachers have left the state, retired or taken jobs outside of education after this past school year, a huge jump from the 2,150 who did so just a couple of years ago.

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