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Arizona Education Association: Reducing qualifications won't fix teacher shortage

With a new school year around the corner, educators are continuing to face a teacher shortage and how to meet it. 

Arizona recently approved legislation that no longer requires teachers to have a college degree when they get their certification. 

Arizona Education Association President Marisol Garcia says that new law won’t help however. 

“Teacher prep programs have been successful throughout the country. That’s not why people aren’t entering the profession. We believe that the governor and the Republican led legislature really is short sighted in thinking we will continue to lower standards so put anybody in front of a classroom," Garcia said. 

Garcia added it’s hard to provide an accurate number of how many teachers are needed for the new year as there are various needs from different districts. 

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Greg Hahne started as a news intern at KJZZ in 2020 and returned as a field correspondent in 2021. He learned his love for radio by joining Arizona State University's Blaze Radio, where he worked on the production team.