NJ’s teacher shortage adds to list of concerns in return to in-person learning

Vacancies are notable in hard-to-staff disciplines, including special education, science, mathematics and bilingual education

The education community will have more to grapple with this fall than COVID-19 and a vaccination mandate. The state has been facing a teacher shortage for several years before the pandemic, but that’s now compounded by such pandemic-related issues as concerns over contracting the virus, vaccination requirements and unreliable child care.

Richard Bozza, executive director at the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, said of the scramble to fill vacancies: “We see this really exacerbated mostly in the largest, particularly urban districts. But this year, we’re all feeling the pinch, especially in the areas that are hard to staff — special education, science, mathematics, bilingual education.”

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