A study is predicting a statewide shortage of teachers in Tennessee that could result in more than 30,000 open teaching positions across all grade levels by fall 2013. According to the study, the projected shortage will be particularly dire for math, science, English as a second language, and vocational and special education. Researchers attribute their findings to new policies that mandate lower student-teacher ratios and require more science and math courses but fail to ensure there are enough teachers.

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