Low pay and job opportunities presented by a strong local economy are making it increasingly difficult for school districts in Massachusetts to find substitute teachers, officials say.
The Worcester Telegram reports that substitutes — even those with college degrees and teacher certifications — receive less than $100 per day to fill in for a full day in most Worcester-area communities.
The state's current minimum wage for all workers is $12 per hour.
Worcester Superintendent Maureen Binienda says she would like to increase the $70 daily rate for substitutes. But she says there are too many other budget priorities, including the hiring of more permanent classroom teachers, school psychologists and guidance counselors.