Fifth-grade teacher Kaila Bull shows a new mural based on science and math to her daughters, Scarlett, 2, and Kora, 5, Thursday at L.E. Wilson Elementary in Sheffield. [DAN BUSEY/TIMESDAILY]

Local school officials knew back in the early spring that finding qualified math and science teachers could be an uphill battle for their school systems — just as it is across the nation.

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Ches Smith

It doesn't help that even with recent raises/incentives, teachers' earning power is still at least $10k/year less that it was 15 to 20 years ago. Yeah, the good benefits are still extra helpful, and AL teachers are still better off than in some other states, but keeping track of today's kids is not very enticing when that poverty line keeps getting closer to your starting pay.

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