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Today In The Upper Cumberland: The Highlands Chamber & Teacher Shortage Part 2

Lilian Hargrove talks the teacher shortage in the US & what’s being done at home

From 2007 to 2016, the American Association of Colleges For Teacher Education reported a 23% decline in the number of people who completed Teacher Preparation programs across the United States. There are many estimates that by 2020 and beyond, America could be facing a significant teacher shortage. In fact, 28 of the 50 states are already reporting difficulties in finding enough teachers. Work has already begin in the state of Tennessee, and more specifically in the Upper Cumberland, to deal with the issue. The Highland Chamber’s Lillian Hartgrove is also the Chair of the State Board of Education. She along with Putnam County Schools Director Jerry Boyd are not waiting for the shortfall to happen. They’re focused on what can be done now to prevent teacher shortages here.

Today In The Upper Cumberland airs each weekend as a way to introduce you to interesting people and subjects of interest to our community. Catch the show each Saturday morning at 6 on Lite Rock 95.9, Rock 93-7, and 106-9 Kicks Country.

If you miss it Saturday, you can catch Today In The Upper Cumberland again, Sunday. The show airs Sunday morning at 7am on Rock 93-7 and News Talk 94.1/AM 1600, Sundays at Noon on News Talk 94.1/AM 1600, and Sunday night at 6pm on Lite Rock 95.9 and at 7pm on 106-9 Kicks Country.