Ahead of new school year Minnesota reports a teacher shortage

MOORHEAD, Minn. (Valley News Live) As we continue creeping toward the first day of school, Valley News Live is learning new details about a teacher shortage in Minnesota.

According to the State Department of Education fewer teachers are graduating and getting licensed in the state. The Departments data says it's down by about 7% since 2008, but the numbers have been declining for over a decade now.

The area most in need too is special education.

The Department also reports the vast majority of districts say licensing standards are too strict and pose too high of a barrier when looking to hire.

Here in the metro the three major districts all have numerous openings.

West Fargo Schools has openings for ELL teachers, long term substitutes, special education teachers and paras.

Fargo Schools need 2nd and 3rd grade teachers along with special education paras.

For Moorhead Public Schools they're still looking to fill spots with Pre-K, a long term elementary sub and 8 paras.