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BCPSS Scrambles To Hire Teachers. Baltimore Teachers Union Weighs in

Baltimore City Schools

Two Way Talk conversation with Cristina Duncan Evans’s, Chair, Teacher Chapter for Baltimore Teachers Union

(Baltimore, MD) -- Baltimore City Public Schools finds itself scrambling to hire more teachers just weeks before the start of the new school year.

The district says it needs to fill about two-hundred positions before the start of the fall term.

The school district started the last school year with the need to fill thirteen-hundred vacant teaching jobs and since then has managed to fill the majority of the positions.

School officials say this year has been particularly difficult to fill vacant positions as other districts are offering incentives to job applicants.

The Maryland State Board of Education has announced it is waiving the requirement for a teacher certificate as a way to attract more teachers to the Baltimore schools.

Officials say they will do whatever it takes to make sure the schools are staffed by the time classes are scheduled to begin at the end of August.