231 physical education, one math teacher

(October 30, 2003) - (Little Rock-AP) -- Teachers in math and science are often hard to find and experts say low pay is one of the problems. They also say that must change to entice more college students with those skills to become education majors as part of reforms to Arkansas' education system. Working under a state Supreme Court mandate to overhaul the state's unconstitutionally poor public school system, legislators point to teachers, especially those with math and science skills, as the key to raising student performance. According to the state Department of Higher Education, 1,355 teachers graduated from Arkansas schools in 2002. The largest number, 395, were in elementary education. Physical education was second with 231 degrees and pre-elementary education was third with 217 degrees. Only one physics teacher, one chemistry teacher and ten biology teachers graduated from Arkansas schools.