A new report out by Winthrop University shows the state of South Carolina is facing one of the biggest teacher shortages in years.
The report (http://www.cerra.org/research/supplyanddemand/overview.aspx) says that roughly 5,000 teachers retire or leave public schools each year, but state colleges, like Winthrop, only produce around 2,000 teachers per year.
David Vawter is an Associate Professor of Pedology at Winthrop University and tells WRHI he saw this coming years ago partly because teachers nearing retirement age decided to stay in the classroom.
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Vawter says the best thing that could happen is if that backlog were to clear up, giving students considering teaching the confidence they will have a job when they graduate.