Resolution to Increase Teacher Education Programs Passes

State Senator Lester Jackson (D-Savannah) saw passage of his resolution out of the Senate Higher Education Committee, on February 18, which urges the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia to establish and offer teacher education programs at each of its universities offering four-year degree programs.

The unanimously passed Senate Resolution 173 aims to increase the number of qualified and available teachers in the state. “It has been found that students respond and perform better when they receive instruction from teachers who are from their own community,” said Sen. Jackson. “Currently 40 percent of teachers in the state are from outside of Georgia. This resolution will increase the number of teachers and raise the caliber of candidates to offset the teacher shortage in Savannah and throughout the state.” In 2007, Georgia colleges produced only three physics teachers. According to State School Superintendent Kathy Cox, Georgia will need over 1,000 new science teachers by 2012, yet only 96 graduated from the University System of Georgia in 2007. Because Georgia now requires four years of math and science for graduation, there is an increased demand for certified teachers in these fields. SR 173 now goes to the Senate Rules Committee for further consideration.

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