Vermont is facing a growing teacher shortage. Small districts are struggling to find qualified teachers to fill their classrooms. The VTDigger reports, “Slate Valley Unified School District in western Rutland county had a tall task this summer: fill 73 vacancies. Superintendent Brooke Olsen-Farrell said, ‘I have never seen it this bad in the 22 years I’ve been in education.’ For context, she added, the district has about 270 people on staff, and only a little over a dozen educators turned over last summer.”
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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