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With less than three weeks before students go back to school, Metro Nashville Public Schools must fill nearly 200 positions. As of last week, the district said it needed to fill 189 vacancies, which includes various teaching and administrative positions.
According to the Tennessean, Nashville schools are in a better position than in recent years, although this year the district is in need of teachers in “high-need areas.”
At this time last year, the district had to fill 266 vacancies and said that more 50 percent of the teachers leaving public schools are within their first three years of teaching in the district.
What are the high-need ares?
The district has identified that 96 of the vacancies are specified as high-need areas, including 31 more special education teachers and 29 more English-language learner students, as well as teachers in math and science subjects.