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Why People Think There’s A Teacher Shortage In Indiana And Why They’re Probably Wrong

Superintendent Tom Hunter grew worried this summer when he realized that fewer people were applying to become teachers in his rural district, Greensburg. In one extreme instance, a high school teaching position that he said would have drawn 100 applications a few years ago yielded just three.

Overall, the district was scrambling to fill jobs weeks after it would have finished hiring in the past. “We had about 20 positions that we filled this summer, probably more than half of those in the last couple weeks before school started,” Hunter said. “That’s really, really uncharacteristic of what our normal hiring procedure would be.”