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Nevada Looks to Refresh Dry Pipeline of Teachers…and Fast

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — Nevada school districts are battling a chronic teacher shortage as they scramble to fill hundreds of positions by the fall.

Clark County School District chief recruitment officer Michael Gentry said his team is in the thick of hiring season and trying to fill about 525 teaching slots. The Washoe County School District is trying to fill more than 150 teacher positions.

Fewer students are enrolling in teacher training programs these days, so recruiters are looking elsewhere for candidates. Gentry said he’s hoping a recent hike in starting pay, plus bonuses for teachers headed to lower-performing schools, will attract people who now teach out of state.

Nevada also offers scholarships to students in fast-track training programs called Alternative Routes to Licensure, which help people with bachelor’s degrees quickly transition to teaching.

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