Oklahoma teacher need reaches crisis point

By KIM ARCHER - Tulsa World Modified: January 20, 2014 at 7:39 am •  Published: January 20, 2014

Oklahoma's teacher shortage is worsening as salaries remain among the nation's lowest and workplace pressures mount, prompting school districts statewide to implement strategies to retain and recruit educators.

"We're at a crisis point in this state when it comes to our teacher shortage," State Superintendent Janet Barresi said in August when she convened the first meeting of the Oklahoma Education Workforce Shortage Task Force.

"For years we've seen shortages in subjects such as science and math, but now we are starting to see this spread to areas such as elementary and early childhood. That's a new phenomenon and one that must be reversed."

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