A savvy California superintendent has turned to the internet to help solve the growing problem of teacher shortages—a situation that has started to threaten education reform in that state, among others.

In Los Angeles County alone, almost 17,000 substitute teachers without actual accreditation are teaching with so-called "emergency credentials," said Donald Ingwerson, superintendent of the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE). In an effort to alleviate the growing problem, Ingwerson is using the internet...

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