Nearly 15,000 new teachers will need to be hired in Louisiana schools over the next six years, according to a state report. That translates to an annual demand of about 2,900 new teachers, which is about the same number of teacher candidates graduating annually from colleges and universities in the state, the report showed. The need for new hires was attributed to the retirement of veteran teachers and younger educators leaving the profession. The report also pointed to a growing demand for special-education teachers in the state.

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