America's schools are falling behind on efforts to assign a high-quality teacher to every classroom by the 2005-06 school year, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) told Congress June 11. But California state officials claim they are making progress in this area by employing a creative solution to the problem: recruiting teacher candidates with solid content knowledge from a slumping technology sector.

California's Technology-to-Teacher program is a recruitment effort that turns currently unemployed technology professionals into fully credentialed, working teachers. The program is designed to place former private-sector employees displaced by

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