DENVER (AP) -- A new report from the state shows a decline in the number of people pursuing education as a career field in Colorado for the sixth year in a row.
The Denver Post reports that figures from this year's Legislative Educator Preparation Report show a 2.2 percent drop in the number of people completing teacher preparation programs at College colleges and universities. There were fewer than 2,500 people who completed the programs during the 2015-16 school year.
The total represents a 24 percent decrease from 2010.
State education officials say the state's growing teacher shortage affects all Colorado schools, but particularly those in rural areas.