The top three challenges facing schools in Pennsylvania are student mental health needs, staffing shortages and funding.
That’s according to the 2024 State of Education report just released by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.
The report shows 66% of school districts reported student mental health needs as one of
their biggest challenges. On average, nearly half of all students (46.4%) have some
mental health need.
Nearly 90% of school districts reported experiencing a shortage of substitute teachers while a significant percentage of districts also reported shortages in instructional aides, special education staff and drivers.