Utah Faces Teacher Shortage Crisis

Utah Faces Teacher Shortage Crisis

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(Provo-AP) -- A new state report shows that Utah must hire and retain almost 70-thousand public school teachers over the next 20 years to keep up with rising student enrollment.

That's according to the Utah Educator Supply and Demand Study, which is created every year for the Legislature.

Education officials say Utah has trouble attracting and retaining teachers because other states pay more and offer signing bonuses.

Possible solutions include offering school loans that could be waived when a person teaches in Utah after graduation.

Currently, Utah loses almost 28-hundred teachers a year, about 11 percent of the teaching work force.

Only 32 percent of the state's college students who were recommended for licenses in the past five years are currently teaching in Utah.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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