Oklahoma starts school year short of teachers despite pay raise


August 27, 2018

TULSA, Okla. (Reuters) - The Oklahoma Board of Education on Thursday approved a record number of emergency teacher certificates to fill a shortfall of qualified faculty that has not eased even as the state enacted its first major pay raise in a decade.

With the school year already under way in most parts of the state, the board approved 916 emergency certificates to allow educators who are not fully accredited to teach, it said. With the new certificates, the total for the current fiscal year is at 2,153, a record high.



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