HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - To address a critical shortage of Hawaii teachers, the state is trying to recruit students for teaching programs while they're still in high school.
And they're also offering a new scholarship to substitute teachers, emergency hires and others.
A new campaign, "Be a hero, be a teacher," encourages high school and college students to consider the importance and benefits of teaching.
Meanwhile, a new scholarship is available to state Education Department employees who are emergency hires, substitute teachers, or educational assistants. The scholarship will help cover the costs of getting a post-baccalaureate certificate in secondary education, beginning in spring 2018.
This school year, there were more than 530 vacancies in Hawaii public schools.
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