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With Students Back In School, Ohio’s Substitute Teachers Are In Short Supply

Debbie Holmes, WOSU |

Whitehall City Schools deputy superintendent Mark Trace says that getting enough substitute teachers has been especially difficult lately. “We have some very loyal substitutes who come here every year,” Trace says. “Some of them are kind of taking the year off, basically. And I’ve contacted them to see if they would be willing to come back, and some of them, as I said, were taking the year off.”

Whitehall is one of 29 public and private school districts and learning centers in Central Ohio that uses the Educational Service Center (ESC) of Central Ohio to hire substitute teachers. ESC operates a system that links subs with jobs at individual schools.

In the latest ESC data available on the 2020-21 school year, by the end of January, only five districts have been able to find subs for 90% or more of their openings. Most districts have a success rate between 50-90%.

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