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Number Of CA Public School Teachers Lowest In A Decade

A new report says the number of public school teachers has reached a decade-low in California, and the job is getting less attractive amid state budget cuts.

The Santa Cruz-based Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning released a report Monday concluding that the state's budget problems have boosted class sizes, interfered with teacher

training and reduced support from school counselors, nurses and aides.

The study showed that the number of teachers in California is now at its lowest number in a decade - just under 300,000 - because fewer people are entering the profession.

The center says the trend could produce a significant teacher shortage in the future even as some districts have resorted to layoffs to make ends meet.

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