Of the 527 March vacancies, the largest amount of openings is in the category of elementary teachers, with 83 statewide vacancies in March. Other areas with high vacancy rates are special education/early childhood (69) and art/music/health/physical education (61).
Positions with the lowest amounts of vacancies are school psychologists (8), speech therapists/pathologists (10) and technology/drivers education/library specialists (14) [Jacob Newton, “527 Educator Vacancies in S.D. per March Report,” KELO-TV, 2022.04.01].
I don’t see numbers comparing these vacancies to previous Marches. But all those educational positions open right now, plus the openings announced and impending for next school year, may extend the pandemic spike in open teacher positions that our schools saw last year:
Maybe Governor Noem needs to shift from recruiting cops to recruiting teachers… although given her evident desire to dismantle and fascist-ify our classrooms, I’m not sure we want the kind of teachers who would come at the Snow Queen’s beck and call.