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Local school districts still working to fill teacher vacancies

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Just days into the new school year and several area school districts are still looking for teachers, though the shortages are not as bad as year’s past. 

Richmond Public Schools, which just one month ago needed to fill 85 positions, has trimmed that number to 22.

That’s less than both Chesterfield County Public Schools and Henrico County Public Schools, which are looking to fill 27 and 30 positions, respectively. 

Though the goal is always to have every teaching position permanently filled by the start of the school year, all three districts tell 8News everything is covered.

Open spots are currently being filled with long-term substitutes and retirees who are experienced in education.

The need for special needs and bilingual teachers top the list statewide, but right now there’s also a big push for recruitment. 

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney has been traveling to colleges speaking with education teachers, and both Henrico and Chesterfield have held job fairs in week’s past. 

The numbers show positive growth, but teacher shortages remain a statewide issue. 

There is new legislation to entice teachers, but most say lack of interest stems from low pay and shaky benefits. 

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