Although there’s still a long way to go in reversing Oklahoma’s troubling teacher shortage, educators say a new law will help school districts fill gaps in the classroom.

Gov. Kevin Stitt approved House Bill 1050 last week, increasing the number of days a substitute can work during a school year from 90 to 135. That limit will extend from 100 to 145 for those who hold a lapsed or expiring state teaching certificate or have a bachelor’s level college degree. There still is no limit for substitutes with a valid certificate.

Its passage comes as a welcome relief for school officials overwhelmed by a lack of available substitute teachers.

Jenks Public Schools, for instance, has 221 active substitutes

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