New Mexico’s long standing education challenges were made worse in the COVID-19 pandemic as chronic absenteeism soared. Forty percent of kids missed at least 10 days of school during the last academic year and some districts saw that rise to 66%. Lawmakers want to address these issues by adding additional learning hours, but some teachers say that could increase burnout.
New Mexico is facing a serious teacher shortage. Schools have had to adapt quickly in the pandemic, leaving many educators to take on more roles than ever before. A handful of teachers talk about how burnout has affected both their professional and personal lives.