The words on many people's lips are "teacher shortage," and in some places, they have the ring of crisis to them. "There are 467 current job openings, and we're all trying to pull from the same applicant pool," said Beverly Mortimer, superintendent of the Concordia, Kan., school district. "Out in the rural areas it becomes harder and harder to pull those applicants." Regionally, stories of teacher shortages have been prevalent this summer, perhaps best exemplified by the Clark County, Nev., school district's launch of a nationwide campaign to entice both new and retired teachers with hiring bonuses of up to $5,000. Districts in California, Arizona, and Indiana, among many other states, are also facing high-profile recruitment challenges.