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“Thousands of substitute teachers to close the teacher gap in Baltimore” WYPR

“Chris Patterson is a teacher at Fort Worthington in Baltimore city, which serves students from elementary through middle school. Patterson said before the coronavirus pandemic her classes had about 35 students on average. Now she worries that she’ll have way more students this school year.

“When there are 45 kids and 50 kids, there’s no way one person can accommodate and or assist effectively in that space, ” Patterson said.

When there’s too many children it’s difficult for everyone to get enough attention to learn effectively.

“There’s no learning going on and the teacher is not doing their job. They are now just maintaining the space and that’s my fear,” she said.”