North Texas schools lean on substitutes even at start of year

August 13, 2019 | NBC DFW

Back to school is already underway in some North Texas school districts, including in the Plano, Garland and Kennedale Independent School Districts.

And while great efforts have been made to ensure attendance for the tens of thousands of students in those schools, as well as others across the area that start back later this week and a week from today, many of the teachers who greet those kids on day one will be substitutes.

The reasons for the substitutes vary, including the position not yet having a full-time teacher on staff, but the results are similar for school districts in the region. And finding a quality substitute teacher can be much easier said than done.

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