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Surging mortgage rates. Gas prices at an all-time high. Sticker shock at the grocery stores. Inflation is hitting everyone, which means that many families are having to shift their budgets just to cover necessities. The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the world economy, stalling supply chains and causing delays to household goods. The problem was only exacerbated with increased consumer demand and labor shortages in nearly every workforce sector. While the national labor shortage has had a slight rebound over the past few months, education organizations still struggle to fill positions.

School officials across the country are tirelessly working to overcome the shortage by developing solutions to ensure that students receive the educational experience they need and deserve. Rural districts in Texas switched to four-days of instruction. Florida asked veterans to consider volunteering time in classrooms. Arizona is allowing college students to step in and instruct children. All creative and noble ideas, but they may not be enough to stem the tide.

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