Despite more teachers and fewer students, Oregon schools still struggle with staff shortages

Oct. 2022: Starting before the pandemic and continuing over the past few years, schools and education advocates in Oregon and nationwide have rung the alarm bells about a growing teacher shortage.

They’ve cited low pay, a negative perception of public education, increased workloads and a long list of requirements outside their job descriptions.

But an investigation by the Statesman Journal and Register-Guard found that while local teachers are dealing with many of those issues, the Willamette Valley is not so much facing a teacher shortage as it is a support staff shortage.

In fact, the number of teachers in the area’s largest districts has continued to grow while student numbers have declined.

Read the full investigation here.

Published by Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is a freelance journalist and author based in Salem, Oregon. She wrote about education for more than seven years at the Statesman Journal and now covers education and other topics throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is originally from Colorado and earned her B.A. in Politics and French from Willamette University.

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