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Detroit turns to teachers certified online to fill yawning gap

The marked decrease in young people entering the teaching profession is being attributed to a variety of reasons, including low pay and a lack of respect for teachers that simply wasn’t the case decades ago. The result is that as older teachers retire, or younger ones bolt after getting burned out under the specter of standardized test pressure, more and more administrators have vacancies to fill year after year.

While not every state is experiencing a teacher-shortage crisis (Arkansas actually saw an increase for the first time in a decade), almost every state now offers prospective teachers alternative certification options.

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