Report Says State Experiencing Shortage in Teachers

AUGUST 22, 2006 - Posted at 4:00 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - About three-fourths of 194 Arkansas school districts surveyed by state officials say they have a shortage of teachers in math, science or special education.

Seventy-six percent of the districts surveyed reported shortages in special education teachers; 75 percent reported a shortage in math teachers, and 74 percent had shortages in science teachers.

The Bureau of Legislative Research made the report to legislators.  State Senate President Pro Tem Jim Argue says the figures confirm what lawmakers have heard already about an upcoming shortage in teachers throughout the state.  Argue said legislators may have to look at paying more to teachers who are working in subjects where there are shortages.

Of the 194 surveyed, 163 school districts reported a surplus in at least one subject.

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