200 Teachers Needed in Prince George's County
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. Aug 18 - Prince George's County Public Schools will start the
academic year Monday with about 200 unfilled teaching positions, but district
officials said they will use substitutes to make sure there is an instructor in
The school system has filled 1,100 of the 1,300 openings and is in better
shape than last year, when it had roughly 300 vacancies, spokesman John White
Prince George's has the second-largest system in Maryland and the 18th
largest in the country with a projected 134,421 students. The starting salary
this year for teachers with a bachelor's degree in the county's 205 public
schools is $43,000.
The district used a a $300,000 advertising campaign to recruit more qualified
teachers this year.
"By starting earlier and competing aggressively, we've successfully hired
more teachers than in previous years," White said.
Education programs in Maryland colleges and universities produce only 2,500
graduates each year, making competition for them fierce among school districts,
William Reinhard, spokesman for the Maryland State Department of Education,
said some of the substitute teachers being used to fill gaps in the state are
not fully certified. But officials are trying to get them credentials "in short
order," as required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act, he said.
In the District of Columbia, Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee said the
system started with 220 vacancies this summer but had filled all but 27 of them
as of two weeks ago.
"We feel confident that we will be able to open schools with all the declared
vacancies filled," she said. D.C. schools open Aug. 27.
Arlington County will hire about 1,250 teachers before school begins, said
school spokeswoman Mary Shaw. She could not say how many teachers had already
been hired, but said the county did not expect to come up short.
The Washington Times