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What's behind the teacher shortage in US schools?

What backup plans are school districts devising to cover unfilled teaching positions? Are there any causes for concern about educational quality when districts use uncertified teachers?

Could this shortage become a game-changer as far as entry-level salaries, benefits and working conditions for future teachers are concerned?

The report on the educator shortage in Illinois said enrollments in teacher education programs have declined 60%. What are the College of Education and other teacher-preparation programs doing to pique high school and college students' interest in the profession?

According to the report, school leadership is a pivotal factor in teachers' decisions to remain at their schools, yet attrition is a problem among school administrators, as well, because of similar issues with workload and working conditions. The report suggests that reinventing principals' roles can improve these problems for both teachers and administrators. How so?

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