Education: Too Many Teachers?

As most of the nation's 51.6 million schoolchildren trooped back to class after Labor Day, thousands of teachers were still knocking on the schoolhouse doors. The "teacher shortage," once as widely deplored and resignedly accepted as the national debt, is virtually over.

Typical is northern California's rural Siskiyou County. Last year Siskiyou had to delay the opening of one of its schools because it could not find teachers. This year officials were deluged with 20 to 30 letters a day asking for teaching assignments. In Grand Rapids, Mich., getting some teaching jobs has become...

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