- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma’s education board has approved 503 additional emergency teaching certificates in response to a teacher shortage across the state.

The certificates allow applicants who haven’t completed basic higher education and training requirements to enter the classroom right away. State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister says the state is suffering from a shortage of hundreds of teachers.

The Oklahoma State Board of Education approved the certificates on Thursday. It already approved 182 of them in July.

The Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/1F2LSZe ) reports that 45 percent of the 2015-16 emergency certificates are for those needed to teach elementary and early childhood education.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com

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