Budget cuts during lean times has reportedly led to a shortage of qualified young teachers in California.

Numbers released by the California Department of Education show that during the height of the Great Recession and through last year, funding cuts to education have reduced the number of younger teachers just getting started -- mostly because layoffs targeted those with the least amount of seniority.  

That makes it tougher for districts to replace retiring teachers.

The good news is that hiring of new teachers is beginning to pick up as the economy recovers and money is put back into education.