El Paso’s teacher shortages prove difficult to remedy two years after pandemic hit

Two years after the COVID-19 outbreak of 2020, teacher vacancies remain high in two of El Paso’s largest school districts. Between the fall of 2021 and 2022, Socorro Independent School District saw a 25 percent increase in vacancies. El Paso Independent School District saw a 10 percent increase in vacancies in the same period. As of October 2022, EPISD had 148 openings and SISD had 80 vacancies. This is on top of shortages among custodians, food service employees and bus drivers.