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Governor giving substitute teachers a boost

| September 11, 2021 1:00 AM

With school districts across Idaho reporting substitute teacher shortages, Gov. Brad Little announced Friday new steps he is taking to expand the pool of substitute teachers so students can continue to learn in person.

“My priority throughout the pandemic has been to ensure in-person instruction for our students and minimize disruptions to learning as much as possible," he said. "The availability of substitute teachers to step in when needed is critical to ensuring our students have the best chance at success.”

Some school districts are facing a shortage of hundreds of substitute teachers daily, due primarily to the increased spread of COVID-19 in recent weeks.

Gov. Little is putting $10 million toward new “Substitute Teacher Recruitment Grants” so school districts are better able to recruit and retain substitute teachers and other classroom support staff.

School districts may use the funds to provide bonuses for substitute teachers on top of what substitutes already make.

“I urge Idahoans in a position to serve as a substitute teacher or other classroom support staff to contact your school district and get signed up. Idaho students and our communities need you,” Gov. Little said.