Schools to re­view use of long-term sub­sti­tutes

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Shelby County Schools is con­duct­ing a “full re­view” of its use of long-term sub­sti­tute teach­ers fol­low­ing a story in The Com­mer­cial Ap­peal about a chem­istry va­cancy at Booker T. Wash­ing­ton High School last year, Su­per­in­ten­dent Dorsey Hop­son said Tues­day.

In a let­ter to staff pub­lished on Hop­son’s and the district’s Twit­ter ac­counts, Hop­son said, “We dis­cov­ered oth­ers may have had long-term reg­u­lar sub­sti­tutes” in the 2016-17 school year.

Hop­son told board mem­bers on Tues­day the Booker T. Wash­ing­ton story “has caused us to take a re­ally deep dive in all of our classes and we’re track­ing down any in­stance where there may have been some com­pli­ance is­sues.”

The district is also of­fer­ing tu­tor­ing to any stu­dent who was or cur­rently is in a class without a per­ma­nent teacher, Hop­son said, and will add a com­po­nent to its Sum­mer Learn­ing Academy specif­i­cally for those stu­dents to re­ceive ex­tra help.

In the Booker T. Wash­ing­ton class, the sub­sti­tute was a re­tired chem­istry teacher who was still li­censed to teach chem­istry, Hop­son said Tues­day, more than a week af­ter the story ran on Oct. 15.

The story noted that the sub­sti­tute teacher taught the chem­istry class for much of the year, and that no stu­dents passed the state’s end-of-the-year test.

De­spite sev­eral re­quests re­gard­ing

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