Teacher shortage forces Muncie school district to scramble

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MUNCIE, Ind. (AP): Some schools in parts of Indiana are having trouble finding enough teachers as the new school year begins.

Muncie Community Schools officials say the district lost 53 teachers, about 11 percent of its staff, between May and Aug. 9. It hired back 13 but is still looking for three guidance counselors.

The Star Press reports that last summer, the Indiana Department of Education reported a nearly 63 percent drop in the number of licenses issued to first-time teachers.

Superintendents say more teachers have moved districts over the summer, more teachers are resigning within days of the start of school and there’s a smaller pool of applicants.

A state law in 2012 began requiring teacher pay to be tied to performance evaluations, meaning that teachers would no longer get a pay increase for staying at a district another year.

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