Forget The Politics: Data Show Indiana Is Producing Fewer Teachers

Nov 2, 2015

Over time, Indiana has seen 30-percent fewer people seeking teaching credentials.
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Despite assertions from conservative economists and lawmakers, the data is clear: Indiana is indeed experiencing a teacher shortage.

Since the issue came to legislators’ attention this summer, the Department of Education confirmed that the Hoosier State has seen more than a 30-percent drop in the number of people licensed as first-time teachers.

What’s still a bit blurry is what policymakers will do to remedy the problem.

As StateImpact Indiana’s Rachel Morello reports, it could take more time than most people expect to see some results – and even longer to see sustained change.