National teacher shortage as school season approaches - WNEM TV 5

National teacher shortage as school season approaches

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 As students return to their classrooms this year, some may find fewer teachers to greet them.
   
Many schools -- particularly in places with growing populations, low pay and difficult working conditions -- are having an especially tough time getting enough teachers to fill all their jobs. Districts say they've especially scrambled in areas like math, science, special education and foreign languages.

Low pay, more mandatory tests, funding cuts and what some educators feel are more demands from policymakers are among the reasons teachers and administrators cite.

Experts say there aren't shortages everywhere, but there are challenges depending on geography and subject area.

Districts have been putting up billboards to lure teachers from neighboring states, offering signing bonuses and sending representatives around the country. One set up a superhero-themed recruiting campaign.

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