Iowa’s teacher shortage is caused by a lack of qualified candidates applying to fill vacancies. Teachers are retiring early and fewer college students are studying education to replace them. When positions are unfilled, long-term substitutes and underqualified instructors are placed in classrooms. According to the Learning Policy Institute, 9.8% of Iowa teachers are inexperienced. Students who have inexperienced teachers do not receive the education they deserve.
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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