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Survey Says: Indiana Needs More Teachers

Posted On October 23, 2017

By Travis Thayer

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – A recent survey shows Indiana school superintendents are worried about teacher shortages.

A total of 141 district superintendents responded to the survey conducted by Indiana State University professor Terry McDaniel.

Of those surveyed, a staggering 94 percent reported teacher shortages in their school district, up two percent from 2016. Sixty-nine percent reported a shortage in special education, up 10 percent since 2015.

Teachers are also needed for science and math, with 57 percent of superintendents reporting shortages in those areas.

A lack of math and science teachers is likely being made up for with substitute teachers. According to the annual survey, now in its third year, 23 percent of districts rely on full-time substitute teachers to combat shortages.

McDaniel says district superintendents blame the teacher shortages on lack of qualified applicants, low pay, and lack of support from the community, other teachers and the administration.

In Indiana, the average beginning salary for a teacher is around $34,000.