Yakima Valley schools working to fill at least 65 open teaching positions, Yakima Herald-Republic, June 30, 2018

Michael Guaglianone teaching

Michael Guaglianone teaching math class at A.C. Davis High School in Yakima, Wash.

At the beginning of the 2015-16 school year, there were 36 unfilled teaching positions in the Yakima School District.

On the first day of school that year, the district pulled out all the stops to make sure those classrooms had teachers in them — several substitutes were called in, and administrators from the district office were sent to schools to teach. Even Superintendent Jack Irion prepared to spend the day teaching a math class, but a substitute for him was found at the last second.

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