Oklahoma addresses teacher shortage with new initiative

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma begins a new initiative to help schools suffering from staffing and teacher shortages.

Through the Executive Order, employees at Oklahoma state agencies will be authorized to substitute teach at schools across the state.

Governor Kevin Stitt, Secretary of Education Ryan Walters, Oklahoma Chief Operating Officer Steven Harpe and State Chamber President and CEO Chad Warmington made the announcement during a press conference today, January 18, 2022.

You can watch the press conference above, or, click here.

State officials say Oklahoma schools have been unable to staff classrooms adequately for in-person learning. During the press conference, they also discussed rising Covid-19 cases forcing most major school districts to close their doors. Officials say while many schools in Oklahoma were open today, others were sticking to just virtual learning.

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