Shortage of math + science teachers = back-to-school problem

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by Karen Hopkins, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 25 at 1:39 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH -- A shortage of math and science teachers is adding a back-to-school challenge for several school districts.

With just about a month until the first day of class, the pressure is on to solve this problem.

“Math is typically a challenge for our division as it is throughout the nation. However, it is not so problematic that we believe we aren’t going to be able to hire enough math teachers to start the new school year,” Virginia Beach Chief Human Resources Officer John Mirra wrote.

Hampton Schools needs to hire 11 math and science teachers.

Portsmouth officials are rushing to find six math and science teachers to work in their schools.

Suffolk and Virginia Beach school leaders didn’t give an exact number of teachers needed, but they explained they’re having the same problem.

Virginia Beach City Public Schools is still looking for several outstanding math candidates. Interested math majors can contact its office of Employment Services at 757-263-1063.

 

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