W.Va. short 1,500+ certified teachers

Published: Nov. 18, 2022 at 10:31 AM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.VA. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia is heading into the 2022-2023 school year with roughly 1,500 vacancies for certified teachers statewide.

According to the Oct. 1, 2022, certified headcount enrollment, 1,544 non-certified teachers will fill classrooms in the upcoming school year.

That number is up from last year when the West Virginia Department of Education recorded about 1,200 vacancies statewide.

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Data shows 23,187 professional educators will be in classrooms. That number includes teachers and administrators.

The following information was released in the 2022-2023 West Virginia public education snapshot:

  • 250,049 students in public school
  • 1,248 enrolled in public charter schools
  • 60 enrolled in the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind
  • 637 public schools which includes two brick and mortar and two virtual charter schools
  • 24,131 professional staff
  • 23,187 professional educators including teachers and administrators
  • 1,544 non-certified teachers
  • 14,133 service personnel
  • 22 career technical education centers
  • 7 multi-county vocational centers
  • 80 adult learning centers
  • 14 alternative schools
  • 22 juvenile programs

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