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Newly-launched Arizona Teacher Academy to combat shortage of teachers

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The Arizona Superintendents Association surveyed 79 school districts in the 2013-2014 school year and found 62 percent of the schools had teacher vacancies. The Arizona Superintendents Association surveyed 79 school districts in the 2013-2014 school year and found 62 percent of the schools had teacher vacancies.

The Arizona Teachers Academy program, offered at Arizona universities, could mean more highly-qualified teachers in the classroom.

Governor Doug Ducey noted this effort signifies Arizona’s dedication to improving education across the state.

About 230 students are enrolled in the academy at various public universities. The goal is to enroll more than 700 students within the program’s fifth year.

Academy graduates, who wish to teach in Arizona, will have their tuition and fees waived through a year-for-year tuition scholarship.

Seventy-four percent of Arizona school administrators reported they’re experiencing a teacher-shortage, according to a recent report from the Morrison Center at Arizona State University.

The report also indicated 42 percent of Arizona teachers hired in 2013, changed careers within three years.

At the University of Arizona, the program will be suited to career-changing students who already have bachelor’s degrees in other fields.

“Talented people who have always dreamed of teaching can now take advantage of these programs and realize their aspirations,” said Robert C. Robbins, UA president. “Our graduates will go to schools where they are needed and where they can make the most difference in students’ lives.”

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