Utah's Teacher Shortage Getting Worse

Utah's Teacher Shortage Getting Worse

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A new report says Utah's teacher shortage is getting worse.

University of Utah researcher David Sperry says that on the first day of school this year, Utah schools were 173 teachers short. That's 25 percent more missing teachers than on the first day of school last year.

Also, Utah colleges and universities trained about 1,200 fewer teachers than schools needed this year. About 34 percent of teachers hired this year came from Utah colleges and universities. The rest came from outside the state, alternative certification programs and other school districts, among other places.

Gov. Jon Huntsman says the teacher shortage has to end for the sake of Utah students and he's working on a plan to do that.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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