New Mexico – New Mexico Teacher Shortage Continues: The number of teacher vacancies in the state of New Mexico has grown substantially since last October from 342 to 740, meaning roughly 52,455 students are being taught by substitute teachers, who may not be certified. According to a report by the New Mexico State University, the large number of open positions is illuminated through the state’s “teacher attractiveness” rating of 2.18 out of 5, which takes into account compensation, working conditions, teacher qualifications, and teach turnover. [Albuquerque Journal; Subscription Required]