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Georgia facing shortage of teachers

Officials are calling the shortage of teachers in Georgia a "crisis" Officials are calling the shortage of teachers in Georgia a "crisis"
A new survey shows many blame the number of state-mandated tests and changes to the way teachers are evaluated. A new survey shows many blame the number of state-mandated tests and changes to the way teachers are evaluated.
DCSS Spokesman J.D. Sumner DCSS Spokesman J.D. Sumner
DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -

More Georgia teachers are leaving the profession.

A new survey shows many blame the number of state-mandated tests and changes to the way teachers are evaluated.

State school superintendent Richard Woods said that it's a "crisis." 

The Dougherty County System currently has only 10 teaching vacancies.

Officials said those teachers didn't leave because of too much testing, but they said recruiting science and math teachers isn't easy. 

"So yeah there's a lot of challenges that teachers have to deal with and not only that, teaching is one of those professions where you're a committed lifelong learner, strategies change overtime, districts change, leadership changes, and all that impacts what happens in the classroom," said DCSS Spokesman J.D. Sumner.

State officials said 44 percent of teachers leave the profession before five years and fewer students are studying to become teachers.

If you are interested in applying for a position with the Dougherty County system, you can see the available jobs at their website here.

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