NMSU study finds decrease in New Mexico teacher vacancies

Adriana M. Chavez, New Mexico State University
Published 2:58 p.m. MT Oct. 13, 2020

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Leaves change colors outside of O’Donnell Hall as fall arrives on the New Mexico State University campus in November 2015. (Photo: Karrie Lucero/NMSU)

LAS CRUCES – The number of teacher vacancies in New Mexico has decreased 11 percent compared to last year, while the number of admitted students and program graduates in higher education teacher programs have increased, according to the 2020 New Mexico Educator Vacancy Report compiled by the Southwest Outreach Academic Research Evaluation & Policy Center at New Mexico State University.

“Despite the pandemic, the same teaching areas and subjects continue to yield the most vacancies, including math, science and English language arts among subject areas of need, and elementary and special education teachers continuing to make up a majority of all teacher vacancies,” said Rachel Boren, director of the Southwest Outreach Academic

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SCS to use virtual teachers to fill vacancies requiring certification

Laura Faith Kebede, Chalkbeat Tennessee
Published 6:00 a.m. CT Sept. 30, 2020

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After positive reviews from principals, Shelby County Schools is again turning to a company that employs temporary remote teachers for openings in high school classes. 

On Tuesday evening, the school board approved a $392,700 contract with Proximity Learning. The contract would allow them to fill up to seven teacher vacancies that require special certification, such as algebra and chemistry. A district staff member, such as a teacher assistant, would also help manage each online class. 

Last year, the district used remote teachers from the same company to fill high school classroom vacancies. Board members and the district’s teacher associations previously said virtual teachers masked the real problem of low teacher retention as Superintendent Joris Ray called the situation “not ideal.”

Despite the pandemic, teacher vacancies in Shelby County Schools

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