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Mississippi loses hundreds of teachers due to licensing issue, underscoring national problem


Elize'a Scott, a Key Elementary School third grade student, right, reads under the watchful eyes of teacher Crystal McKinnis, left, in Jackson, Mississippi, on April 18, 2019.Rogelio V. Solis / AP file

One of the largest school districts in Mississippi is losing more than 200 teachers over the summer because they did not fulfill the requirements of an alternative license program - a route to qualification many states and schools have turned to as the country faces a major teacher shortage.

Jackson Public School District, which serves more than 25,000 students, found that most of the teachers who attempted to acquire a temporary three-year teaching license did not fulfill the testing requirement after the first year.


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