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Mississippi facing a massive teacher shortage

Officials say Mississippi is facing a teacher shortage that could worsen next year when 6,000 veteran educators become eligible to retire.

With 2,397 teachers in Mississippi in the classroom on emergency licenses, some are teaching subjects different from their field of expertise.

Cindy Coon, bureau director of the office of educator licensure for the Department of Education, says the number of emergency teacher licenses is used to gauge how many vacancies have not been filled by a certified teacher.

The high number of emergency licenses is why the state Department of Education is putting increasing emphasis on recruiting and retaining teachers. Official say those with emergency licenses have the potential to attain full certification within one to three years.

Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

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