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Long Beach Post lbpost.com 12 Jan, 2022 19:45 am

California makes it easier to hire teachers amid shortages • Long Beach Post News

California makes it easier to hire teachers amid shortages • Long Beach Post News

Gavin Newsom said he has signed an executive order to allow schools more flexibility in staffing decisions like giving additional hours to substitute teachers and rehiring recent retirees for short stints.“These are short-term challenges that require short-term and targeted solutions,” said Newsom The fast-spreading omicron variant of COVID-19 is sidelining school personnel statewide a week after 6 million K-12 students returned to classrooms following winter break.Newsom said he hopes to expedite a hiring process that’s typically time-consuming and allow school districts “to keep our kids safely in person for the remainder of the year and get through this next three to six or so weeks.Newsom also said the state was working on getting more COVID-19 tests to schools.

In Long Beach, nearly 500 of the Long Beach Unified School District’s 3,400 teachers weren’t in class Monday.” Long Beach Unified said Monday that it had no plans to suspend in-person learning even though it’s had to use administrative staff to cover classrooms in some cases.

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