MPS still looking for teachers two weeks before school starts
MILWAUKEE - This is a big assignment and it's due September 2.
Officials at Milwaukee Public Schools confirm the district continues to recruit applicants for as many as 80 open teaching positions for the 2014-15 school year.
"Of course, it's a challenge," laments Karen Jackson, the Chief Officer of Human Capital at MPS. "There's a constant ebb and flow of people coming and leaving."
MPS employs more than 5,000 teachers at all of its schools, and Jackson says 80 vacancies remain. Most of them are in middle school and special education.
"In general the population of teachers is decreasing," Jackson tells TODAY'S TMJ4. "The ability of the universities to continue to develop all of these teachers is also distinctly decreasing."
If MPS doesn't fill the vacancies in time, Jackson asserts the schools will still be ready; there are substitute teachers and those who can quickly earn what she called "emergency certification."