Aug 28, 2023 - News

Teacher vacancies are still an issue in the Triangle

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Vacancies are still an issue throughout the Triangle.

Driving the news: The Wake County Public School System reported having 294 teacher vacancies the week before classes start.

  • That's 107 fewer vacancies from last year but still means the state's largest school system will be turning to substitute teachers to lead many classrooms.
  • Durham Public Schools' vacancies have also dropped to start this year, with 110 before the school year compared to 250 last year, CBS17 reported.

Why it matters: School systems throughout the state are struggling with vacancies, and teacher quit rates were especially high coming out of the pandemic.

State of play: There's not just a shortage of teachers in the Triangle.

  • Wake County has 117 instructional assistant vacancies.
  • The county also has 17 bus routes without a driver, too, potentially affecting 2,000 students, ABC11 reported.
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