Tales from inside Colorado’s teacher shortage: housing for horses and recruiters without interviews

The job fair was going well for Stephanie Polutchko and the phrase on her white name tag explained why: “high school science.” Like other prospective Colorado teachers in high-demand areas, she was flush with options as she walked the long rows of school district booths advertising open interview slots and, in some cases, signing bonuses. By lunchtime, one recruiter from a tiny school district on the sparsely populated Eastern Plains…