In 2011 the Legislature cut $5.4 billion from state aid to public schools for the 2012–2013 biennium. This quickly led to a reduction—mostly through attrition, though there have been layoffs as well—in the number of teaching positions in the state’s public education system. Paradoxically, we may soon have the exact opposite situation: a large number of open teaching positions without enough qualified candidates to fill them. Here’s how that could happen.

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