Education: And Now, a Teacher Shortage

Sunbelt school systems are caught with their rosters short

Want to teach but have no credential? asks the headline on a poster inside the Los Angeles unified school district's crash recruiting center. "Relax," continues the pitch. "We can help you get your teaching credential while you work full time as a junior or senior high school teacher ..."

The poster and the recruiting center reflect a surprising trend: a teacher shortage that promises to get worse, not only in Los Angeles but throughout the state of California and some other parts of the country. Within the next few weeks Los Angeles must find 2,500 new instructors for its classrooms. Before...

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