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Substitute Teachers

Schools Nationwide Struggle With Substitute Teacher Shortage

AP | TOM COYNE | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Carrie Swing wasn't alarmed when her fifth-grade daughter, Ivy, spent a day in a first-grade classroom at her San Francisco s...

Are You a 'Real Teacher'?

David Lyell | Posted 01.20.2015 | Education
David Lyell

Some would say if you don't like it, get another job. While true, if teacher quality is as important as everyone says it is -- one way to improve teacher quality is to make the job more attractive -- not less competitive.

Subbing in Middle School: The 10th Circle of Hell

Paul Janes-Brown | Posted 12.22.2014 | Hawaii
Paul Janes-Brown

At 8 A. M. I was called by the sub teacher computer and asked if I would like an assignment that was for Tuesday at 7:30 A.M. Thinking it was Monday, I gladly accepted the job despite there being no instructions from the teacher.

Report: Teacher Absences Cost Country $4 Billion Annually

Posted 11.06.2012 | Education

A new report out of the Center for American Progress urges state policymakers to revise their teacher leave policies in an effort to improve student a...

Bright Futures for All Children

Deirdre Pierce | Posted 10.15.2012 | Education
Deirdre Pierce

I was in the classes where students took pride in declaring all out war on subs, yet I stayed and worked past all of their efforts to get me to quit and always delivered my famous line "don't let this white hair fool you!"

Substitute Shouldn't Mean Substandard

Adora Svitak | Posted 04.26.2012 | Education
Adora Svitak

We need to reward the "thankless job" of substitute teaching with better pay and chances for permanent positions. I look forward to the day when no student comes home saying, "I didn't learn much today... we had a sub."

Police: Teacher Ordered Student To Bind His Wrists With Duct Tape

Posted 02.22.2012 | Chicago

A veteran substitute teacher in west suburban Chicago has been fired after she allegedly ordered a 10-year-old student to duct tape his wrists togethe...

Subs Gone Wild: Who's Ultimately Responsible for Harm Done by Substitute Teachers?

Carolyn Bucior | Posted 01.08.2012 | Education
Carolyn Bucior

Yes, the substitute teachers are to blame for their own actions. But who is legally and morally responsible for putting them in charge of the children in the first place? The principal? The superintendent? The school board?

Parents Unsettled After Cross Dresser Substitute Teaches

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 12.30.2011 | Education

After a male substitute teacher taught a 6th grade humanities class in women's clothing, some parents are concerned about how to explain it to their k...

Teacher Fired After Reportedly Passing Out With Alcohol

Posted 11.20.2011 | Education

A substitute teacher in Santa Fe has been fired after she was reportedly found passed out drunk while on the job. Local authorities found Jill Lyle...

The Profiler: He IDs the Most-Absent Teachers

Carolyn Bucior | Posted 11.06.2011 | Education
Carolyn Bucior

There's a profile of the type of teacher most likely to be absent on any day. Meet profiler Raegen Miller, associate director for education research at the Center for American Progress.

Unemployment Linked to Vasectomies, Chipped Teeth and Substitute Teaching

Carolyn Bucior | Posted 09.27.2011 | Education
Carolyn Bucior

Following the economic downturn that began in 2007, USA Today wrote that school districts nationwide were flooded with applications from people who wanted to work as substitute teachers.