How Private Companies Are Trying To Fill A Substitute Teacher Shortage

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Professional development specialist Nora Connell hands out materals during a class for prospective substitute teachers at the Delaware County Intermediate Unit. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Consider this statistic: on average, before graduating from high school, every kid in America sits in class without their regular teacher for what adds up to most of a school year.

That’s according to a Harvard analysis of teacher absence data. But what happens if there aren’t enough substitutes?

Hundreds of school districts in Pennsylvania are turning to private staffing companies to solve a substitute teacher shortage. Laura Benshoff of Here & Now contributor WHYY reports.


Laura Benshoff, education reporter for WHYY in Philadelphia. She tweets @LEBenshoff.

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