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Kansas K-12 teacher shortage may not be at crisis levels

A predicted crisis in the ability of Kansas schools to staff classrooms with teachers may not be quite at the emergency level.

But high levels of burnout and stress are leading to a shrinking pool of candidates to fill vacancies, and researchers fear the effects of continued attacks on the profession will snowball and few people become teachers first.

A spring report from the Kansas Department of Education Teacher Vacancy and Supply Committee showed that statewide there were just under 1,400 teacher vacancies as of March 2022. A few months after the report, the commissioner at State Education Randy Watson warned that Kansas schools could be bracing for “a shortage of educators that could be the worst we’ve seen” in Kansas.

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