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Teacher Shortage-Part II

In the last issue, we outlined some of the solutions to end the severe teacher shortage in the Department of Education. The need is dire. Nationally, only 4.2 percent of high school graduates plan to become teachers and enrollments in colleges of education across the country including Hawaii has dropped an average 30 percent. A few of the solutions we listed are more long range in their impact. There are other long range solutions in operation, so let’s look at those. Your organization, the HEA, has a cooperative program with the Department of Education and Pi Lambda Theta-Beta Zeta Hawaii Chapter called TAAC or Teaching as a Career. The Association provides stipends for the TAAC clubs, supp

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