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Fewer young people becoming teachers; schools could be short-staffed in years ahead

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Posted: Monday, February 7, 2011 12:00 am

Ever since she was a little girl, Chelsey Ligocki has wanted to be a teacher. The 2009 Lodi High School graduate is not swayed by the budget cuts hitting education or the possibility she might be laid off when she finds that perfect job after graduation. Apparently she's in the minority. A number of recent reports paint a cautious picture of the future of teaching.

Baby Boomers are retiring, and college students appear hesitant to step into those roles due to decreasing salaries, increasing layoffs and a less-than-welcoming teaching atmosphere. And, with student enrollment expected to begin to rise again, some predict there could be a teacher shortage in the next few years.

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