Staffing shortages continue to plague schools, data shows
More than half of public school principals participating in a national survey reported being understaffed as classes started in August, according to federal data released Tuesday that come as another sign of persistent employee vacancies in schools.
Sixty percent of those grappling with the issue said they were contending with open support-staff positions, since the start of the pandemic and almost 50 percent cited unfilled teaching jobs. Principals also reported losing positions for teachers and staff.
Teacher shortages were most common for special education and the elementary grades, followed by math and English as a Second Language or bilingual education, according to the results of an August survey done by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), an arm of the Department of Education.
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