Report sheds light on Colorado's growing teacher shortage

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.


Sign up for Denver7 email alerts to stay informed about breaking news and daily headlines.

Or, keep up-to-date by following Denver7 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.