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Minnesota, North Dakota educators unions shine light on substitute teacher shortage


December 10, 2021

Education Minnesota President Denise Specht and North Dakota United President Nick Archuleta at a joint news conference on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Moorhead, Minnesota. C.S. Hagen / The Forum

FARGO - Minnesota and North Dakota educators unions are calling for federal dollars to invest in public school substitute teachers, who were difficult to recruit and retain even before the coronavirus pandemic exacerbated the situation.

The North Dakota educators union joined the Minnesota campaign called "At a breaking point: Educating during COVID-19," because issues cross state borders, said Nick Archuleta, president of North Dakota United.

Both states' educators unions held a joint news conference Wednesday, Dec. 8, in the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Moorhead to bring attention to the issue. And on Tuesday, the unions met with The Forum's editorial board to point out that the lack of substitute teachers is putting too much pressure on full-time and retired teachers, who often work as substitutes, to the point where many are walking away from the profession.


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