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Why Las Vegas Is Desperate To Hire Thousands Of Teachers

Technology specialist Sara Boucher teaches about 1,000 students in classes as large as 45 at Steven G. Schorr Elementary School in Clark County, Nevada, making it hard to tailor instruction and impossible to learn everyone’s name. She does her best, but the teacher shortage in the county, which includes Las Vegas, is about to get worse.

Next school year, Clark County expects to have 2,600 teachers fewer than it needs. The shortage, the result of an awakening economy, attrition and growing population has created teeming schools, a heavy reliance on substitute teachers and oversubscribed special education programs.

“We’re at capacity,” said Erick Capetillo, a teacher and coach at Las Vegas High School. “We can’t accept someone who moves into the zone and needs our [special-needs] program.”