The Virginian-Pilot found that "nearly half the teachers who received new licenses in Virginia last year have yet to pass a national exam or complete course work traditionally required for full teaching credentials." Forty-eight percent of the 9,304 licenses issued from July 1999 to June 2000 received provisional or conditional licenses. In Norfolk and surrounding counties, temporarily licensed teachers make up between 5 and 10 percent of the teaching work force, "and the numbers are expected to rise as school systems scramble to address the lingering teacher shortage...The state estimated it would need 7,600 new teachers last school year, but Virginia colleges graduated only about 4,000."
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