Arizona Schools Share Their Views on the Teacher Shortage and What They Are Doing About It

| December 7, 2016

By Expect More Arizona

It’s a problem that has been years in the making. Arizona’s current teacher shortage is unlike any the education community has seen before, and experts suspect that it will get worse before it gets better.

Every school wants each classroom led by a highly qualified educator. But that has become more challenging than ever. According to an August survey by the Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association (ASPAA), there were more than 8,000 teaching positions that needed to be filled for the 2016-17 school year. A few weeks after classes had started, close to 50 percent of those openings hadn’t been filled at all or were staffed by professionals who do not meet standard teacher requirements. To make matters worse, close to 500 teachers either did not report to work at all or abruptly resigned within the first few weeks of school.

Expect More Arizona has heard from a number of our district, charter and community partners across the state on this issue. We’ve compiled some of their views and ways of addressing the teacher shortage below.

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