I genuinely cannot believe that this story is not getting more press coverage. I just happened upon it while doing research for another project. According to my state’s Dept of Ed website, in 2010, the state was certifying about 17,000 teachers each year.

For the 2016/17 school year, that number has plummeted to 4400! That’s more than 75% fewer people becoming certified teachers in less than a decade. 

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