Substitutes filling void in New Mexico amid teacher shortage

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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. 

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