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Teacher Shortage More Extreme In Nevada County

California’s teacher shortage appears to be a growing concern for voters. 64-percent now consider it a “very serious” problem and think the state should take more decisive action. That’s according to a poll from EdSource and the Learning Policy Institute. Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, Holly Hermansen, says their shortage has gotten more extreme in the last couple of years. She says the most difficult positions to fill continue to be in Special Education, which requires extra training because an additional credential is needed…

click to listen to Holly Hermansen

Hermansen says the other main teacher shortages are in math and science. It’s also hard to find enough substitutes. And with a growing number of retirements ahead, she says the problem is expected to get worse…

click to listen to Holly Hermansen

Other possible reasons for the shortage include people feeling reluctant to choose teaching as a profession, after several years of layoffs, due to state budget cuts.

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