The chief policy officer for Idaho’s State Department of Education recently broke down some numbers with senators.

A couple eye-opening facts from the report:

  • Eighty-seven superintendents provided the SDE with a fall hiring update. Nearly two-fifths of them said they started the school year with at least one teaching vacancy.
  • Twenty-nine districts declared a “hiring emergency,” which allows them to hire teachers on a one-year, provisional basis.

Should we look at more alternative routes to becoming a certified teacher in Idaho?

Reference cited:

Idaho Education News: Statehouse roundup, 2.8.17: Teacher shortages, accountability and Pre-K