D.C. Schools Face Major Substitute Teacher Shortage: Analysis | Washington Informer

August 04, 2022
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On August 3, 2022, the D.C. Policy Center’s Chart of the week, Ongoing substitute teacher shortages affect schools’ ability to function, was cited by the Washington Informer:

D.C. Public Schools may face a huge shortage of substitute teachers in the upcoming academic year, which could have an impact on classrooms and school operations, according to a new analysis.

The number of substitutes employed by the city’s public school system fell by nearly 50% from before the coronavirus pandemic began to the start of 2022, according to the analysis by the D.C. Policy Center. The number of substitutes dropped from 987 at the start of 2020 to 501 in the first quarter of this year.

Read more: D.C. Schools Face Major Substitute Teacher Shortage: Analysis | Washington Informer

Related: Chart of the week: Ongoing substitute teacher shortages affect schools’ ability to function | D.C. Policy Center

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