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Will colleges’ push to graduate more teachers pay off?

The teacher shortage is growing in the U.S., but it’s an uphill battle for many colleges looking to create more candidates.

More institutions are starting boutique programs, taking the time to build relationships with high school and even middle school students to expand the pipeline of future teachers. Although the individual programs may be successful, their collective impact has been small so far.

Meanwhile, the teacher deficit is growing. Since about 2012, the number of teachers needed in K-12 public schools has outpaced the number of available candidates.

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