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Despite the considerable attention the popular press has devoted to the question of teacher shortages, there have been surprisingly few attempts to systematically measure the size and nature of the problem. This article attempts to estimate the size and nature of the celebrated teacher shortage of the late 1990s by using data from the U.S. Department of Education's 1999-00 School and Staffing Survey. While limitations of the SASS data do not allow us to directly estimate the absolute size ofdoi:10.14507/epaa.v11n23.2003 fatcat:crg2kncwyra2jjluphvstglvo4