Tuba City teachers add class periods to combat teacher shortage. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| August 19, 2015

By Corina Vanek • Arizona Daily Sun

As school districts across the state and the nation struggle with teacher shortages, officials from a public district on the Navajo Nation said the problem is serious but nothing new.

“We have had this problem for a while now,” said William Longreed, the president of the Tuba City Unified School District governing board. “Teachers in the past have broken contracts to leave. When I was a teacher, it was always the same way. Teachers, especially young teachers, don’t stay very long.”

At a meeting on August 5, the board voted to increase the number of class periods some of the high school teachers teach from three to four. The school operates on a block schedule, so each class is 90 minutes long.

The board also voted to reduce the required number of English courses the students must take to graduate. Previously, freshman students were required to take two semesters of English class, but the board voted to reduce the requirement to one semester.

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