Florida Cuts Costs of Teacher Certification Exams

By  Jeffrey S. Solochek After months of complaints over the state’s teacher certification exams, which have cost thousands of educators their jobs, the Florida Board of Education agreed to reduce the fee teachers pay for retakes. Among the changes: • Registration to retake one of the four General Knowledge subtests will drop from $150 to...

Serious Teacher Shortage in Illinois Continues to Grow

By Angela Kerndl  A statewide study from regional school superintendents found that Illinois’ serious teacher shortage continues to worsen, especially in school districts in central and southern Illinois. The Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools, representing the leaders of Regional Offices of Education and Intermediate Service Centers in all 102 Illinois counties, heard from...

20 Year Old Teachers in Classrooms in Mississippi

By Ellen Ciurczak Teachers as young as 20 — an age that, in some cases, would make them only a couple of years older than their students — could soon be coming to classrooms in Mississippi.  A new agreement between the University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College allows high school juniors and seniors...

Emergency-certified Teachers Prepare for Requirement Exams

By  KFOR-TV AND K. QUERRY MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – Thousands of teachers who are currently working in Oklahoma classrooms didn’t start out their careers hoping to end up in a local school. Instead, they decided to leave their previous careers to become emergency-certified teachers as the state experienced a teacher shortage. While thousands of emergency-certified...

The Reason for Florida’s Teacher Shortage

By Valerie Strauss  The Republican-led Florida legislature is considering education legislation that could alter the school landscape in the state. SB 7070 is an omnibus bill that is loaded with ideas that advocates of public education oppose, including: A new voucher program that would spend millions of taxpayer dollars for tens of thousands of...

Teacher Shortage in Rural Colorado

By Christopher Osher  Steve Wilson has spent 35 years in education in rural Colorado, the past 14 as superintendent of the Big Sandy School District that stretches across ranchland in Elbert and El Paso counties. In his second year as superintendent there, four teachers retired, wiping out more than 132 years of experience. Back...

Mississippi is Putting Teachers as Young as 20 in Classrooms

By Ellen Ciurczak A new agreement between the University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College could put teachers as young as 20 into classrooms and help alleviate the state’s teachers shortage. On Monday, Southern Miss President Rodney Bennett and MGCCC President Mary Graham signed a memorandum of understanding for what they called an “exciting...

Can the Gig Economy Help Alleviate Teacher Shortages?

By Evan Erdberg  If you are facing a teacher shortage in your state, you are not alone. Many states are experiencing a worsening teacher shortage, according to the Learning Policy Institute. Some of this is because of declining enrollments in teacher education, which decreased 35 percent between 2009 and 2014. Additionally, demand for teachers grew...