Around 100 unfilled teaching positions in South Bend less than two weeks from start of school

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School is almost back in session at the South Bend Community Schools Corp., but there are still about 100 teaching positions still unfilled.

That’s according to the South Bend Tribune, who suggests that may be a byproduct of a teacher shortage statewide.

The 100 openings would represent about 9 percent of the total number of teachers it had in the 2015-2016 school year. The district typically employs between 1,000 to 1,500 teachers yearly.

The California-based Learning Policy Institute ranks Indiana as one of the five worst states for recruiting and keeping teachers. Among the reasons for the low ranking include pay and working conditions.

Director of human resources for South Bend schools Todd Cummings says the 100 job openings may be an overestimate of what’s actually available. He says some of the openings may have job offers and may be pending background checks and school board approval.

By comparison, Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp. had less than a half dozen job openings as of Friday and School City of Mishawaka had just two or three openings.

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