Schools May See More Interns, Substitutes

School is out for the summer, but for some in education, the work is just beginning on a problem that is growing more acute: the teacher shortage.

School districts have long anticipated they would be scrambling to fill teacher jobs once boomer-age teachers began retiring. But combine that with declining enrollment in teacher credentialing programs and now increased state funding for new hires, and you've got "the perfect storm," said Donna Glassman-Sommer, a Tulare County Office of Education administrator who handles teacher recruitment.

 “We have heard that there is a teacher shortage coming and it started to hit last year, and it’s kind of snowballed right now," she said. "What they have predicted has arrived." Continue reading


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