Teacher shortage hits schools in rural, urban districts across Minnesota


February 10, 2021

ALEX KORMANN • Star Tribune

In this file photo, Lisa Larson read a book to her students on the first day of in-person class at Piedmont Elementary School in Duluth in September.

Not so long ago, Tri-County Public Schools would get close to 100 applications when a teaching position opened up in the rural northwest Minnesota district not far from the Canadian border.

These days, Superintendent Ryan Baron is pleased when he gets a half-dozen - and then immediately grows anxious.

"You play a game of competition against your neighbors," he said. "You get seven applications, those seven have already applied at places nearby, and if you don't hurry up you may lose them."



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