New Mexico is calling on the National Guard to fill in as substitute teachers

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced a new initiative to help schools and child care facilities that are experiencing “extreme” staffing shortages. The plan also taps state employees. (Image credit: Morgan Lee/AP)

States tap National Guard, parents as classroom subs

States are using creative ways to fill substitute teacher positions amid higher teacher absences due to the coronavirus and a severe shortage of substitutes. In New Mexico, the National Guard and state employees are being …

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How to support schools’ greatest asset: Teachers

Teachers are schools’ greatest asset, and to properly support them there are four key steps that school leaders can take to ease the burden on educators, writes Stephanie Burroughs, a curriculum leader and administrator in …

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With a new surge in cases comes another fierce debate about in-person learning

NPR’s Michel Martin checks in with Diane Lundahl, a Spanish teacher at Hamilton High School in Chandler, Ariz., about in-person classes. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: A familiar scenario is playing out in schools across the country …

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University of Michigan fires its president after investigation into an alleged affair

In this Jan. 30 2017, file photo, University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel speaks during a ceremony at the university, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Schlissel has been removed as president of the University of Michigan …

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Lawmakers are rewriting rules as schools grapple with teacher shortages

Teacher burnout and thinning substitute teacher rolls combined with the continuing fallout of the winter surge is pushing public school leaders to the brink of desperation. Lawmakers are responding by temporarily rewriting hiring rules. Gregory …

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More Black students are headed to medical school, but finances are still a major issue

Medical schools are reporting a record increase in Black students. Across the U.S., the number of first-year African Americans is way up – 21 percent — an unprecedented spike since 2020. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Black …

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College students are starting spring semester. Here’s what it looks like with omicron

While omicron has forced some colleges to delay spring start dates or go virtual, the majority of four-year colleges are starting the spring semester in-person. AILSA CHANG, HOST: This week marks the start of spring …

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A cyberattack in Albuquerque forces schools to cancel classes

Albuquerque Public Schools superintendent Scott Elder poses outside of Highland High School. Albuquerque Public Schools says classes will be canceled Friday for a second day after a cyberattack. Cedar Attanasio/AP hide caption toggle caption Cedar …

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