NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 31, 1999
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(Studio: Jane Pauley) Report introduced.
(Los Angeles: Kelly O'Donnell) Growing problems with teacher shortages reported; concerns about putting people without education degrees to work as teachers through "alternative certification" programs examined. [Teacher Carol CHEN - says this is her first year teaching.] [Los Angeles Unified School District Robert COLLINS - talks about finding available space in schools.] [Teacher Virginia GANDARA - says she likes having smaller class sizes; talks about new teachers.] [National Commission on Teaching Director Linda Darling HAMMOND - says class size is a politically simple solution.] [Principal Irma CARNEY - says the new teachers are brave to change professions.]
(Studio: Jane Pauley) Interview held with National School Safety Center Executive Director Ronald Stevens. [STEVENS - says teachers drop out often due to threats of violence; says teachers want better information about their students.]