Teacher shortage in Philadelphia

Sept. 5, 2008
District has 166 unfilled positions

Classes have started in thePhiladelphia School District with 166 teaching jobs unfilled - more than double the number a year ago. The number is about 1 percent of the 14,000 teacher spots districtwide, and officials attributed the spike to an increase in retirements and resignations. Most of the vacancies are tough-to-fill jobs, such as science, math, middle school and bilingual education.
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RELATED: More than 167,000 Philadelphia public school students have returned to classrooms, including 650 who arrived at a newly rebuilt Barry Elementary, a $35 million facility. Two new buildings - Barry and Audenried High School - have opened, and about a dozen more schools have opened additions, major renovations or new facilities. The district has committed $1.5 billion to capital projects.
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