More than 80 percent of South Dakota public school districts reported having significant vacancies for open teaching positions at the end of May, a recent survey revealed.
According to the Associated School Boards of South Dakota, schools traditionally have most open teaching positions filled by the end of May. But a recent survey conducted by the School Administrators of South Dakota found that 258 positions, or 30 percent, of 803 teaching positions available this spring remained unfilled as of May 28.
“The teacher shortage is a big problem that affects all academic areas in our schools,” SASD Executive Director Rob Monson said in the release. “We don’t just lack math and science teachers like has been previously publicized, we lack teachers in every subject and every school district.”