Last week we reported that there were 120 vacancies in the BPS. Now with just one week to go before the start of the school year, some of them have now been filled as Madison has now hired 30 of the 60 people it was looking for. The school system still has close to 100 vacancies, and there will be more as the year approaches.
Here’s an idea: why not place some of the 115 surplused teachers, excessed last spring, into those vacancies?
Here’s another idea: there are countless provisional teachers, already trained, experienced, RETELL-completed, vetted and licensed. Some are looking for their fourth year and permanent status. Others are not quite there yet. So with both pools of individuals out there, why is the department still looking for new people? Why train new hires to replace people who were trained last year, the year before, or even ten years ago?
And here’s a final question: why are some in the local business community subsidizing this operation? The Boston Globe reported on this in June, “Boston schools look outside for money.”