At one Nevada charter school, more than 40% of teachers are substitutes

By: | May 11, 2021

Elementary school students at Mater Academy’s Bonanza campus have a 50-50 chance of having a teacher who is properly licensed as an educator.

For first graders, there is no chance.

That’s because none of the four first grade teachers employed by the school are fully licensed by the state to teach. All four are licensed only as substitute teachers.

The subject of charter school teacher qualifications has recently garnered attention from state legislators in the form of Assembly Bill 109, which would, in theory, require charter schools to hire more licensed teachers. But undermining that ongoing debate is the fact that Nevada charter schools have far more leeway than traditional school districts do when it comes to hiring long-term substitutes.

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