- Associated Press - Monday, December 7, 2015

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) - A shortage of substitute teachers has several school districts east of San Francisco raising their pay or thinking about doing so.

The Contra Costa Times reports Monday (https://bayareane.ws/1XPaEKi ) that the San Ramon Valley Unified School District raised its basic pay from $110 a day to $130. In Livermore, district officials raised the basic rate from $125 a day to $137.

Substitute teachers are in demand as more of them find steady employment in a healthy economy.

Elizabeth Graswich, a spokeswoman for San Ramon schools, said this year’s teacher shortage is the worst she’s seen.

She says there’s a smaller pipeline of prospective teachers. Low starting pay, high living costs, school budget cuts and an overall improved economy may have prospective teachers looking at other occupations.

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Information from: Contra Costa Times, https://www.contracostatimes.com

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