Schools to review use of long-term substitutes
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