SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The Spokane School District has a shortage of substitute teachers.
Teacher hiring for smaller classes and other changes has reportedly reduced the pool of substitutes. At the same time, more subs are needed as teachers are pulled out of the classroom for training for state-mandated programs.
On October 7th, Spokane Public Schools needed 270 subs and came up short. When that happens, sometimes administrators and counselors can step in or teachers have to be pulled back from training.
The district has already hired 42 more certified substitutes to add to its pool of about 400. Spokane has more than 1,700 full-time teachers.