APS has nearly 300 teacher vacancies ahead of school year | KOB 4

APS has nearly 300 teacher vacancies ahead of school year

August 08, 2018 06:27 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Albuquerque Public School district has nearly 300 teacher vacancies, less than a week before the school year begins.


Out of the more than 500 jobs posted, 125 openings are for regular education positions and 160 of them are for special education.

“There’s a national teacher shortage,” said Ellen Bernstein, President of the Albuquerque Teachers Federation. “As that gets worse, ours gets even worse because we can’t compete.”

APS district officials said substitute teachers, some long-term, will be used to fill the positions needed. While Bernstein said while that can be an educational disadvantage, she still believes everyone needs to work together.

“Every parent needs to know that the school pulls together. The staff, the principal, and everyone works so hard to make sure every student has the best experience possible,” she said. “

District officials said during the first 20 days, they will be evaluating classrooms and re-arranging them as necessary.



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