As Baltimore City schools gear up for the start of the new school year Aug. 29, parents, students and community members still have concerns about teacher shortages.
Baltimore City Public Schools system officials said they have implemented measures to combat the problem.
Funds secured through the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Act allowed BCPSS to add hundreds of teaching positions. In anticipation of the shortage, the city began the hiring process earlier than usual this year, with more teachers hired in the spring. The city was also use nationwide recruiting to reach candidates outside of Maryland, school officials said.
Baltimore hires approximately 600 teachers each school year. Due to different schools’ needs, some school will have sufficient staffing on students’ first day back while others may not, according to BCPSS officials.
The school system is exploring many options to fill staffing positions by the first day but there are challenges because “some schools require teachers with certifications such as ESOL, Spanish, Math, and Special Education, and art and world languages,” according to school officials.
Other current and former educators will be used to fill in gaps.
“In lieu of a teacher, some students may have a paraprofessional, a long-term substitute, a retired teacher, a reassigned teacher-leader or central office former teacher,” school officials said.
Schools have plans to reduce non-core teaching positions to prioritize coverage for core classrooms. BCPS is also relocating individuals with teaching certifications who work in non-school positions to more critical staffing positions.
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