State Forms Task Forces To Find Solution For The Teacher Shortage

Wednesday, November 18th 2015, 10:29 pm
By: News 9

A teacher shortage is putting a strain on our education system. Things are so bad, the state is working to create a marketing campaign to advertise the desperate need.

A task force made up of teachers, administrators, and business leaders believes the public's perception of teaching is out-of-date and prevents potential applicants from applying.

Its goal is to create a campaign to modernize views on teaching and to fill vacancies.

“We have to start being creative.  It’s almost like we have to start looking at everything that placed on the table,” said Dr. Robyn Miller, Deputy Superintendent for Educator Effectiveness & Policy Research.

This year alone, the state Board of Education approved 948 emergency teaching certifications to help fix the teacher shortage crisis in Oklahoma.

Experts believe many factors led to the shortfall but the main issue is low pay.

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The state recently formed several task forces challenging the groups to find ideas to fix the issue.

For more than an hour Wednesday afternoon, one of those groups tossed out ideas to entice Oklahomans to become educators. One possibility, to tap into recently laid off oil and energy employees.

The future campaign will also bring awareness to the crisis.

There is also a legislative task force working on policy recommendations to fix Oklahoma's teacher shortage.