Teacher short­age could be helped by ap­pli­ca­tion changes

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

I have read for more than 10 years (and par­tic­u­larly since Au­gust — most re­cently Oct. 21) your ar­ti­cles on the lack of

teach­ers in the Charles County Pub­lic School sys­tem. My son at­tended schools in our sys­tem for his en­tire pri­mar y ed­u­ca­tion. He has ap­plied to Charles County al­most ev­ery year since he re­ceived his cer­tifi­cate to teach. He has, out of ne­ces­sity, taught in other school sys­tems, but due to his de­sire to move home, he has con­tin­ued to ap­ply to CCPS over the last few years.

Ev­ery year he has been asked to up­date his ap­plica- tion. He must again con­tact all of his ref­er­ences be­cause “noth­ing is re­tained from year to year.” He has not ever got­ten be­yond (who I must as­sume is) an ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant. I as­sume this is not a per­for­mance is­sue, as he now has his master’s de­gree and ten­ure.

Al­though I do be­lieve there is a short­age, I must ques­tion the va­lid­ity of the ef­forts to rem­edy this sit­u­a­tion. Per­haps there would not be a short­age if CCPS would rem­edy their ap­pli­ca­tion process.

San­dra K. Webb, Bel Al­ton

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