In the news: No substitute for good substitutes

May 04, 2022
Dolores Tropiano

The quality of a substitute teacher has a direct impact on the quality of a student's education. And yet, the shortage of temporary teachers during and since the pandemic has led some states, including Arizona, to lower the requirements for this essential position. 

Carole Basile, dean of Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, recently commented on relaxing the criteria for temporary teachers.

“A lot of substitutes only need a high school diploma and know very little about education,” Basile told The Hechinger Report. “That’s a crapshoot, really, for kids.”

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