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Teacher shortages continue to be a challenge for states and districts across the nation. We are all monitoring the situation closely to capture as many innovative ideas as possible. After all, we need our teachers in class for both instruction and testing. This shortage will significantly impact both areas. Oklahoma is no stranger to the shortage and they are tackling it with flexibility.

Oklahoma’s status/solution

  • Oklahoma is experiencing widespread staffing shortages.
  • More than half of Oklahoma’s schools have had to close or switch to distance learning so far this semester because of staffing shortages created by the pandemic.
  • Oklahoma 120 day executive order will allow state employees to work as substitute teachers, while keeping their current jobs to keep schools open for in-person learning.
  • Latest state to float an unorthodox solution to the problem of sick teachers and school staff.

Education advocates call for stronger action

  • untie the hands of schools to mitigate spread and allow hospitals to increase capacity
  • deploy the National Guard to assist with school transportation and food services
  • teacher pipeline and sub shortages were issues before the pandemic
  • state employees and businesses may be able to help in the short term
  • need to continue searching for long-term solutions.”

Other State approaches

More about Oklahoma HERE

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