8 states that made it easier to become a teacher

AP/Sara D. Davis

States have begun "loosening requirements" for teaching credentials due to a more than 40% decrease in enrollment in teacher preparation programs, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Why it matters: Recruitment has been difficult due to "low salaries and difficult state-issued credentials." This has hit rural towns especially hard, and districts are being forced to hire teachers that may not be as qualified.