Technology—used to enhance teacher recruitment, aid certification preparation, and assist professional development—is one of the few tools school leaders still can use in the worsening shortage of qualified teachers. New federal regulations are highlighting the long-anticipated problem.

Starting now, according to the Improving Teacher Quality component of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), school districts that receive Title I funds must hire only "highly qualified" teachers—meaning those who are certified in the subjects they're teaching. By the end of 2005-06 school year, all teachers will have to meet the same requirement.

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