Maine is facing critical teacher shortages, especially in the rural areas of the state. When districts cannot find qualified teachers, they hire long-term substitutes and uncertified instructors to fill classes. A report from the University of Maine says, “The quality and breadth of the academic program available to students may also be diminished when schools cannot find teachers to offer certain courses or curricula. Larger class sizes or a lack of high-quality teachers may make it more difficult for students to achieve proficiency on state learning standards.”
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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