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School Districts Suffering From Staffing Shortages

Schools everywhere, including our local communities, are facing staffing shortages, from teachers to custodians and other support services.

Sacramento's Matsuyama Elementary principal Judy Farina claims her top priority is to keep the kids safe and keep them learning. She remains hopeful the critical support positions at her school site will soon be filled, but until then she'll keep filling in as the crossing guard, classroom sub, yard duty or whatever else is needed.

More than three-quarters of district leaders and principals say they’re experiencing at least moderate staffing shortages in their school buildings this year, according to the newly published results of a nationally representative EdWeek Research Center survey.

Districts plagued by staffing shortagesare taking a wide variety of approaches to addressing the issues—15 percent are offering recruitment bonuses; 22 percent are turning to contractors; 18 percent are hosting job fairs; 17 percent are asking volunteers to fill the gaps.

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