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Nevada Declares Teacher Shortage An Emergency

Nevada is declaring its teacher shortage as an emergency, a move that allows vacancy-filled schools to hire teachers from out of state who aren't yet licensed locally.

Gov. Brian Sandoval said in a Friday statement that teachers already licensed in another state can now get a provisional teaching license to teach in Nevada classrooms.

Schools previously had to refrain from hiring licensed teachers coming from elsewhere until they got a Nevada license.

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The state said that forced educators into a waiting period before full employment, some working as substitute teachers while meeting Nevada's specific licensure requirements, such as learning the state Constitution.

The state said it lost about 1,000 teaching recruits this school year because of the licensure issue.

Clark County School District recently said it had about 700 vacancies.