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Report sheds light on Colorado's growing teacher shortage

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Posted at 11:30 AM, Dec 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-02 13:30:14-05

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.

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