More jumping into Colorado substitute-teacher pool |

More jumping into Colorado substitute-teacher pool

Jeremy P. Meyer
The Denver Post

The nation’s economic woes are manifesting in the schoolhouse, from larger class sizes to shortened bus routes.

One positive result from a tighter job market is a bigger pool of qualified substitute teachers who are available each day.

The Colorado Department of Education issued 7,752 substitute licenses in 2008-09, up from 729 the year before.

Denver Public Schools is filling on average 92.7 percent of its daily requests for substitute teachers this year, up from 85.3 percent in 2007.

Aurora Public Schools has doubled its substitute pool to 800 teachers since April 2007.

And Cherry Creek School District has its largest sub pool ever with 2,067.

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