The Public Interest

Improving, empowering, dismantling

Marci Kanstoroom & Chester E. Finn, Jr.

Summer 2000

EVERYONE agrees that getting and keeping good teachers is key to improving America’s schools. How to accomplish this goal, however, is a matter of significant disagreement. While America is blessed with many fine teachers, we don’t have enough of them—a problem that is more acute in certain subjects than others, and one that is made even more painfully evident by actual teacher shortages in some communities across the nation.

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