Oklahoma’s teacher shortage has forced emergency hiring practices that place underqualified teachers into the classroom. In June 2021, 2,673 emergency certificates were granted to allow school districts to hire people who aren’t yet qualified to teach. It is one of several alternative pathways into teaching, but schools must demonstrate that they have exhausted every recruitment option to find a qualified person. Teacher retirements in the state also went up 38% in the summer of 2021.
In April 2021, Frontline Education surveyed 1,200 district leaders to discover that two out of three respondents reported having teacher shortages in their schools. This is a record high since launching the survey in 2015.
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