JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Jackson Public School district is currently facing more than 200 teacher vacancies and not enough applications to fill those spots for the upcoming school year.
Human Resources Director Carol Dorsey tells The Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thecl.com/1naeO77 ) there are currently 218 open positions for certified teachers, guidance counselors and interventionists as of Tuesday afternoon. Dorsey says that's about a 10 percent rate, as Jackson Public Schools employs about 2,000 teachers total.
According to the most recent data available from the Mississippi Department of Education's website, four other districts in the state - Kemper County, West Bolivar, Durant and Forrest County Agricultural - have higher vacancy rates.
If all spots aren't filled, Dorsey says students start the school year off with a retired certified teacher or a substitute teacher.
Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com
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