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Severe Teacher Shortage Hits Hobbs

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HOBBS (AP) — A housing crisis and a booming oil industry in Hobbs are being blamed for a teacher shortage at the city’s schools.

KRQE-TV reports that district officials say Hobbs Municipal Schools needs to fill 18 positions immediately.

The superintendent says the shortage is result of some teachers quitting to go work for the oil industry, which pays more. The school chief says some teachers also have not been able to find affordable housing in the area.

Officials say with the oil industry there booming, there are not enough homes, apartments or even hotel rooms to go around.

The superintendent says they are quickly working to fill the teaching positions.

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