Push to fast-track teachers amid shortage gains foothold in Louisiana

Amid Louisiana’s chronic teacher shortage, nearly 600 paraprofessionals statewide are paying $75 per month to learn to be teachers while also holding a full-time classroom job.

Paraprofessionals are like teacher assistants but they are generally paid less than half of what teachers make.

A nonprofit school called Reach University allows candidates to take online classes in the evening two or three times per week and, in four years or less, emerge with a bachelor’s degree that qualifies them to become full-time teachers.

“If four years from now we have 600 additional teachers in the field that is definitely going to make a dent in the staffing challenge,” said Em Cooper, deputy assistant superintendent for the state Department of Education.

Read more about the teacher shortage from our news partner The Advocate.

source: ktbs.com/news

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