In the article titled, “Swing Education Raises $15 Million to Connect More Schools With Substitute Teachers”, Johnson (2018) discusses a promising solution to the shortage of educators and educator substitutes in the United States. Recently, the Park City School District in California has adopted “Swing Education” to address this issue. Swing Education works to fill these open roles by operating like a staffing agency. The on-boarding process for companies like Swing Education is meant to ease the hiring process, solving the absences that are often a surprise.
- One of the first districts to contract with Swing was Menlo Park City in the year of 2016.
- Menlo Park City School claims that approximately 30-40% of their substitutes are hired through Swing.
- Swing works by charging 25% above what schools typically pay substitute teachers in order to reimburse the workers.
“Since starting in 2015, Swing has grown from filling around five substitute teacher requests per week to today more than 1,800.”