The teacher shortage crisis in Arkansas further highlights equity issues. Vacancies are concentrated in the Southern and Delta-regions of Arkansas where students are already underserved. The lack of qualified teachers in the area exacerbates the problem. According to TNTP, “Statewide, 30 districts have a workforce that includes at least 10% uncertified teachers. Of those, seven districts have more than 30% uncertified teachers, and in two districts—Helena-West Helena and Forrest City—more than half of teachers are uncertified.” These students are being taught by under qualified instructors.
In April 2021, Frontline Education surveyed 1,200 district leaders to discover that two out of three respondents reported having teacher shortages in their schools. This is a record high since launching the survey in 2015.
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