TUCSON, Ariz. - A new TUSD report is outlining substitute teacher vacancies in the district, and problems filling them.
Using the last two years of data across the city, the report found about 72 percent of short-term substitute teacher positions are filled on average. That rate is highest in elementary schools, at 82 percent, and lowest at the district's alternative schools, with just 31 percent of positions filled. Middle schools also came in below the district's average, at 60 percent.
Almost all of those substitute teacher fill rates were consistent across both years studied with one exception -- an 18 percent drop alternative schools, from 49 percent in the 2016 school year, to 31 percent the following year.
The TUSD report also found demographic similarities among subs -- most are white women, with an average age of 55.
The school board plans to address the findings in its Tuesday meeting this week.