- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A task force has come up with nine different recommendations for helping alleviate a statewide shortage of teachers in public schools.

The State Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to adopt the recommendations from the Teacher Shortage Task Force.

The suggestions include scholarships for exam fees and bonuses for teachers in high-need schools, as well as streamlining the certification process for new teachers.

The panel also recommended increasing the limit for adjunct teachers from 90 hours to 270 hours per semester, a move designed to allow professionals who aren’t teachers to spend more time teaching classes.

All nine of the recommendations would require legislative action.

The shortage of teachers across Oklahoma has resulted in nearly 1,000 emergency certifications being granted so far this school year.

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