In an effort to combat the teacher shortage in Oklahoma, police officers have been stepping in to serve as teachers. Many of these officers are not certified teachers, but they are willing to do whatever it takes to help out in their community.
Police Chief Brandon Clabes said that the officers have been “inundated with gratitude” from the students and parents. This is a great example of community members coming together to help solve a problem!
The teacher shortage in Oklahoma is a growing problem. According to the state department of education, there are currently over 1000 teaching vacancies in the state. This number is expected to grow as more teachers retire or move to other states.
Police officers serving as teachers is one of many strategies being implemented, though it is not a long-term solution.
The Oklahoma Police Department is not the only one stepping up to help with the teacher shortage. In Kansas, the police department has been working with local schools to create “police academies” that allow students to earn high school credits while learning about law enforcement. These academies are a great way to get more people interested in careers in law enforcement and cements a positive attitude towards police.
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