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BPS board set to expand list of critical-shortage teaching subjects

BPS News Release

 

Sept. 11, 2018

 

VIERA, Florida -- The Brevard County School Board will vote Sept. 25 to expand its list of teaching specialties for which there is a critical shortage to include English and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). 

 

The critical-shortage classification makes teachers who have those state certifications – and who teach those classes -- eligible for supplemental pay and helps focus recruiting efforts by the school district. The change would apply to the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years.

 

The critical-shortage subject-area list already includes math, science, guidance counseling, exceptional-student education (ESE) and certain career-and-technical fields.

 

Superintendent Mark Mullins has made recruiting and retention of teachers a top priority for Brevard Public Schools since he took the top position in August.  Mullins said he plans to begin meeting directly with teachers across the Space Coast to discuss strategies for recruiting and retaining educators.