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Iowa preparing for looming teacher shortage

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa education officials expect the state to face a teacher shortage, and leaders are preparing to address the issue.

The Des Moines Register ( ) reports that Iowa universities are graduating 400 fewer teachers, counselors and administrators annually than in 2013.

The Iowa Department of Education says about 2,100 graduates are earning education degrees a year.

Education leaders are hosting round-table discussions and increasing recruiting efforts, especially for jobs in special-education. The looming problem is also compounded by the number of teachers nearing retirement.

Some education officials are increasing incentives to lure applicants. Des Moines Public Schools is offering a $3,000 signing bonus to special education teachers.

Anne Sullivan, chief of human resources in Des Moines schools, says another incentive for teachers beginning their careers is a free master's program.

Information from: The Des Moines Register,

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