As education officials mark National Education Week, Pennsylvania is experiencing a teacher shortage.
Pennsylvania State Education Association Treasurer Jeff Ney says low pay in parts of the state is one reason why fewer people are going into teaching. Some school districts have starting salaries of $18,000 for teachers.
Education Policy and Leadership Center President Ronald Cowell cites education funding cuts and school safety concerns discouraging young people from becoming teachers.
On the other hand, Cowell says the shortage creates opportunities for those who really want to teach.
National Education Week runs through Friday.