Troops to Teachers Could Combat Shortages

Efforts to combat teacher turnover rates in high-poverty and high-needs schools could tap into a growing pool of military veterans entering the classroom. But veterans who are interested in becoming teachers need more encouragement, and states with large military and veteran populations are offering increased support through programs like Troops to Teachers.

Shane Larkin, a high school history and world studies teacher at Early College Academy of Columbus in Ohio, was named Muscogee County schools’ 2017 Teacher of the Year earlier this month. But before becoming a teacher, Larkin served in the U.S. Army for 10 years.

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