Substitute teachers deserve greater respect

Covid-19 has merely exacerbated the perennial shortage of qualified substitute teachers (“The Already Dire Substitute Shortage Could Get ‘Worse Before It Gets Better,’ “ Education Week, Oct. 20).  For far too long, most school districts have been hard pressed to find effective subs when teachers call in sick.

The abysmal pay was the No. 1 reason, even before the pandemic exacerbated the matter. But there was also how subs were treated.  Until they are paid on a par with their colleagues, the issue will persist.  I say that allowing those who can engage students to fill in is more important than possession of a bachelor’s degree.

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