Hiring and retaining K-12 teachers: Washington state schools battle shortage

The U.S. Department of Education said school districts have long struggled to hire enough specialty teachers and the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the shortage.

REDMOND, Wash. — The 2021-2022 school year could have been Freedom Schott’s final year teaching in the K-12 public school system in Washington state.

Many teachers she knew in various districts called it quits over the past two years in large part due to burnout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Schott was considering her next best career move while still feeling a great passion for education.

“I want to give the kids the best of me as an educator

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