Staffing shortages are plaguing school districts. How did we get here?

The pandemic has played a role in the staffing shortage, but it’s not the only reason for the shortage and teacher burnout.

PORTLAND, Ore. — This year more than ever, school districts across Oregon, Washington and the rest of the country are struggling to fill positions. It’s a problem across the board, from teaching positions to office staff.

Frustration is spilling over. On Monday, teachers across the Portland Public School District demonstrated outside some school buildings before and after school trying to bring attention to how staffing issues are impacting students.

“When we don’t have staff in the building, when we don’t have staff

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