FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) – School districts in New Mexico’s Four Corners area are going the extra mile to hire new teachers and looking at the mid-West for help.
The Farmington Daily Times reports several school districts in San Juan County have increased recruiting efforts as the number of students graduating from New Mexico teacher education programs has dropped.
For the Farmington district, that has meant sending representatives to Minnesota, Montana and Michigan to recruit teachers.
Officials of the Aztec and Bloomfield school districts report that they face similar recruitment challenges.
New Mexico State University Education College Dean Michael Morehead says the number of graduates from four-year teacher education programs has declined since 2007.
Morehead cites pay and accountability mandates as factors.
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