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F-M School Districts Lack Substitutes in Classrooms

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In just 32 school days, Moorhead Public Schools reported to needing 742 substitute teachers and of that amount, 43 slots have left administration reaching out to other qualified resources.

Lynne Kovash, Moorehead's Superintendent says, "we used to have an overabundance of substitute teachers but I would say the past 5 years it's really been much more of an issue."

At large, schools are adding full time teaching staff at high rates which leaves the demand for substitutes growing. A substitute teacher for Moorhead Public Schools agrees.

"I just talked with Fargo district and my application is there also and they are really having a difficult time finding substitutes this year."

So what is the underlying problem? A blossoming economy is leaving some jobs on the back burner.

"Many people that have teaching degrees have found jobs in other places and are not substitute teaching and it's so important to have good substitutes," says Kovash.

It's leaving schools facing their own deficit.

"We have training during the day that teachers may have to take part in. We've had to suspend a lot of that training because we just don't have enough substitute teachers."

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