New Hampshire’s teacher shortage is so extreme, it could cause school closures. When a school cannot hire enough teachers to satisfy demand, they are left with enlarged class sizes and safety issues. There is no backup plan when teachers are out. According to NHPR, “White Mountains Regional School District Superintendent Marion Anastasia said school leaders were scrambling every day to find enough teachers. This shortage could literally shut us down if we don't have teachers, paraprofessionals, nurses, bus drivers and cooks for students and custodians to keep our schools safe and clean."
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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