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Low Pay, Strong Local Economy Causing Substitute Teacher Shortage In Mass. School Districts

Low pay and a strong local economy are creating a shortage of substitute teachers in many Massachusetts school districts. (Wokandapix/Pixabay)MoreCloseclosemore
Low pay and a strong local economy are creating a shortage of substitute teachers in many Massachusetts school districts. (Wokandapix/Pixabay)

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.

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