Get the top 5 daily headlines and breaking news alerts from Seattle’s #1 morning news

Inslee signs measure that aims to reduce teacher shortage in state

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that contains a number of policies that aim to reduce a shortage of public school teachers in the state.

Senate Bill 6455, signed by Inslee on Friday, in part will allow new paths to becoming a teacher in Washington, let some retired teachers become substitutes without hurting retirement benefits, and create a grant program to aid some beginning teachers in financial need.

The state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction reports a shortage of teachers that is most severe in math, science and special education.

House Democrats proposed raising the state’s portion of a beginning teacher’s salary this session as another way to reduce the teacher shortage, but it was left out of the final budget agreement.