Axios Des Moines: It's the middle of the year, but staff shortages are still hampering Iowa schools' from performing their daily operations at 100%. And this year's politicized debates about classrooms aren't helping with morale and retaining workers, said Mike Beranek, president of the Iowa State Education Association. Iowa's job board for schools shows nearly 300 open positions in the Des Moines metro area, ranging from high school teachers to custodial staff.