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Oklahoma Teacher Shortage Drives Increase in Emergency Certifications

Oklahoma teachers have reason to celebrate, after winning raises and additional funding following a highly publicized walkout in April. But the state’s schools continue to face long-term challenges, including an ongoing teacher shortage that has forced districts to issue nearly 2,000 emergency teacher certifications in recent years. In this edition of Policy Matters, Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister speaks about the teacher shortage and its impacts on district staffing, training, and student learning. From the 2017 Education Commission of the States (ECS) National Forum on Education Policy.