In a weekend editorial, Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune comments:
Idaho used to have a teacher shortage.
Now it has a teacher famine.That's how Madison School District Assistant Superintendant Randy Lords described it recently to Idaho Education News' Devin Bodkin.
What's the difference?
With a shortage, a district might have trouble finding people in hard-to-fill slots such as higher-level math or special education.
In a famine, you suddenly have problems locating someone to teach American history and PE.
When there's a shortage, a school might have a shallow pool of applicants.
With a famine, there are no applicants at all. More here.