Capitol Times: Teaching positions remain unfilled

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Arizona Capitol Times reported that more than 1,300 teaching positions are still unfilled four weeks into the school year according to a new report.

The survey released Tuesday by the Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association of 135 school districts and charter schools found that they began the year with more than 7,000 vacancies. What that means is they could not find qualified applicants for close to one position out of every five.

The report comes as the state’s three universities formally introduced their “teacher academy” programs designed to provide free tuition for one or more years to those willing to go into the classroom.

Morrison Institute for Public Policy reported earlier this year (Finding & Keeping Educators for Arizona's Classrooms) that 42 percent of Arizona teachers hired in 2013 are no longer teaching in an Arizona public school. And more than a third of Arizona teachers have been in the classroom for four years or less.

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