“It used to be if you posted a middle school teaching job with a coaching position attached to it or an elementary school job, you would get 40 applicants for the job. Now, we are getting four, maybe five. And some of those haven’t even passed their certification test yet. It has become a game of making sure you are staffed and dealing with it early because the later it gets the harder it gets to fill those spots.”

-Todd Garrison, superintendent at Lone Grove Public Schools, who said low pay and lack of respect for the teaching profession in Oklahoma is making it difficult to fill vacancies (Source: http://bit.ly/1qzHtX3)