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News Junkie opinion: Is addressing teacher shortages really that complicated?

Terry Cowgill

Terry Cowgill lives in Lakeville, blogs at ctdevilsadvocate.com and is managing editor of The Berkshire Edge in Great Barrington, Mass.

If you’re running a business and are seeing a shortage of qualified candidates to fill crucial positions, you can do one of several things. Among them: increase the wages for the position or lower the barrier to entry.

That’s precisely the dilemma many school districts in Connecticut and elsewhere are facing in their search for qualified teachers to fill certain classrooms. The shortages are most acute in bilingual education, world languages, math, science, speech and special education.

When school districts are unable to fill these positions by the beginning of the school year, the courses are essentially taught by long-term substitutes — which is fine if the substitute is a retired teacher who is fluent in the subject and knows how to handle a classroom.

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