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February 18, 2004

Sub Shortage Hits DODDS

The Stars and Stripes Web site carried a story Sunday on the acute substitute teacher shortage at Department of Defense Dependents Schools, with the focus on Japan. One surprising case was that of Ryan Hopp, a graduate of Kinnick High School on Yokosuka Naval Base and now subbing there - at the ripe old age of 19. Hopp already has a few college credits to his name, ensuring that he more than passes the minimum qualification for a sub - a high school diploma. A requirement for at least 60 college credit hours has been whittled away in recent years. Hopp is paid $87.50 a day for filling in for an absent teacher, not a huge amount compared to what teachers make at eikaiwa schools off base. This disparity is cited as a major reason for the staff shortage.
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