Teachers are in short supply across the state these days. In fact, there's a major shortage in the Yakima School District that's affecting education.

Kirsten Fitterer, director of Community and Public Relations for the district, says local schools have 12 full-time teacher positions open and they're actively searching for people to fill those teacher posts.

"Even having one open position for a teacher is high impact," Fitterer says. "And if you think about our goal of every student having a qualified teacher in front of them every day yeah it's high impact even to a district this size."

She says the district is trying to reach out to area schools hoping to attract future teachers. And they're also hoping to talk to people who have already earned bachelor's degrees and might want to become teachers through a fast-track program called emergency certification, created by the state Legislature.