Substitute teachers keep schools running. Here are the best ways schools can attract more amid the shortage.

Who teaches the kids when their teacher needs time off? Or when they leave their position mid-semester? Increasingly, it's the principal or other administrators. While substitute teachers provide a turnkey solution when already-thin ranks of educators need time away from work, they're harder than ever for school districts to come by.

In the 2023-24 school year, 35% of public schools reported having difficulty finding substitutes, according to NCES data. It's a trend that's accelerated in the aftermath of the pandemic, along with teacher absenteeism and turnover, placing additional pressure on...


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