- Associated Press - Monday, December 21, 2015

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - A Washington survey shows that principals across the state are in “crisis mode” because of a shortage of substitute and full-time teachers.

The Yakima Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1Jo9REn ) that the Officer of Superintendent of Public Instruction found that 58 percent of elementary school principals, 50 percent of middle school principals and 45 percent of high school principals say they’re in crisis trying to find substitutes.

Some school administrators end up having to cover for classes for hours or even full days. In the state survey, 74 percent of principals reported personally doing so.

Many school districts have bumped up substitute pay or hired emergency substitutes who aren’t fully qualified as a last resort.

Unfilled teaching positions are also abundant. In the OSPI survey, 46 percent of principals from rural schools say they have vacant positions.

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Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com

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