Bounds: "More Teachers Needed"

Mississippi's new education superintendent says his department must quickly come up with a plan to bring in new schoolteachers to the state.

Dr. Hank bounds unveiled his vision for Mississippi k-12 education to the school board on Thursday.

He credits his predecessors for doing a good job getting student testing in line. Now, the focus must be on teachers and how to supply both quality and quantity in the classroom.

"We're losing approximately 3,500 teachers per year due to retirement and movement every year," said Bounds. "Our teacher education institutions are producing about 1500, and about 900 or those are staying in state, so you can see the gap there."

There's also concern that a lot of local superintendents will soon leave because many of them are nearing retirement age.

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