Look for new trouble in public education in the next few years -- a severe teacher shortage. So say experts in the field. Reason: With many institutions and much of the public assuming there is a teacher surplus, students are choosing other career fields.
That factor, plus low teacher salaries, the advent of competency testing, and a rising birthrate, it is feared, will leave local school systems shorthanded.
There'll be panic, frets one administrator, who foresees students with lesser potential turning to teaching as the s hortage makes the profession attractive again -- and then being unable to pass the competency tests.m