April 11, 2021

Pandemic fuels staggering teacher shortages across the U.S.

The pandemic has pushed teachers out of the workforce in droves, and many schools don’t have a strong safety net of substitutes or college graduates to fill the gaps as children come back into classrooms. It is widely believed that teaching has been one of the toughest pandemic-era jobs, with pivots to remote learning and then risk of infection with school reopenings.

With substitute teacher shortfalls in many districts, schools are heavily recruiting and hiring freely. While many industries are still recovering from the initial pandemic crash, job openings for teachers are actually 2% higher than pre-pandemic levels.

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