PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- For the sixth straight year, Arizona schools are struggling with a teacher shortage, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association.
About 26 percent of teacher vacancies remain unfilled at this point in the school year, the report's authors found. In addition, 55 percent of the new teachers hired this year do not meet the state’s standard certification requirements.
During a press conference this afternoon, Gov. Ducey insisted Arizona is leading on the issue, even though the shortage has remained at nearly 25 percent for most of his time in office.
Some are worried kids missing out on speech and occupational therapy hours and that kids aren't as well-rounded without elective classes.
"It's something that is challenging the country, and Arizona is leading and addressing it," the governor said.
Gov. Ducey mentioned that there could be more work for the Legislature to improve the situation, but he wasn't specific.
The survey looked at teacher vacancies as of Sept. 21 in 145 school districts and charter schools throughout the state.