State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister Visits Walters Rotary Club

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State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister recently made a stop in Walters to speak to the Walters Rotary Club. In her speech, Hofmeister laid out several goals that are included in the state’s ESSA plan, Oklahoma Edge. Among the goals was to increase access to effective teachers.

Hofmeister said the state continues to struggle to find qualified teachers to fill classrooms. The average stay of a teacher in Oklahoma is six year. As a result, she explained, schools re forced to hire emergency certified teachers because of the shortage. She said in the current year, the State Board of Education has already approved a record 2, 153 applications for emergency teacher certification, up from 32 in the year 2011-2012, an currently affects 104,58 9 students statewide.


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