State Schools' Chief Highlights Need for Teachers

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, February 7, 2006

Nearly 100-thousand teachers are expected to retire over the next ten years… That’s according to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell, who is proposing renewed efforts at recruitment.  Speaking at his annual address on the state of education, O’Connell said he also wants more done to attract teachers to low performing schools. 
I will sponsor legislation to supply 53-million dollars in funding to provide outstanding teacher coaches in all subject areas in our most challenging schools…”
O’Connell says he wants to re-establish—and fund - regional teacher recruitment centers.  Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s appointed Secretary of Education Alan Bersin says the state should consider those options but local districts should maintain control.