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New program to ease teacher shortage

by Kalamalama staff

 

HPU has created a new teacher certification program that, together with a new Master’s of Education degree, may help ease Hawai‘i’s crippling teacher shortage.

The new programs were announced at a joint press conference Dec. 2 with representatives from HPU and the Hawai‘i Teacher Standards Board, as well as Pat Hamamoto, superintendent of Hawai‘i Public Schools.

The program gets under way in July 2005, and comes just as the state, and much of the rest of the nation, face massive teacher shortages. In Hawai‘i, island college graduates filled only 40 percent of the public school vacancies in the 2003-2004 school year. Nearly 60 percent of open island teaching positions had to be filled by students from out-of-state colleges.

More of them were hired than ever before. The Department of Education hired 1,657 new teachers for the 2003-2004 school year, up 21 percent from 1,363 for 2002-2003.

 

 

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