New Mexico school districts across the state are continuing to rely on substitute teachers amid a statewide teacher shortage.
According to the Carlsbad Current-Argus, school districts are struggling to fill vacant teacher positions. They are addressing the issue by hiring substitute teachers, making them long-term substitutes.
Leaders say its a necessary step. However, they say the challenges with hiring substitute teachers are they’re not certified and do not meet with parents.
According to a report published by the New Mexico State University, the state had about 740 vacant teaching positions last year. That is more than double the 300 vacancies reported in 2017.