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Arizona still short more than 1,000 teachers, district official says

Although many school districts in Arizona have returned to school already, the state continues to see an ongoing shortage of teachers.

Justin Wing is the assistant superintendent of human resources for Mesa Public Schools. He estimates Arizona has 1,200 to 1,500 teacher vacancies statewide.

"The teacher shortage is impacting urban, suburban, rural school districts, large school districts, small. It doesn’t matter." Wing said

Wing added there has been a decline in the number of high school students seeking educational work in college. He said the pay isn’t high enough to lure them. 

Greg Hahne started as a news intern at KJZZ in 2020 and returned as a field correspondent in 2021. He learned his love for radio by joining Arizona State University's Blaze Radio, where he worked on the production team.