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The Story: Why I Left Teaching in DeKalb

Obviously, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. I really tried to work with the school administration to help address truly important issues that seemed essential to retaining teachers and helping holistically increase student achievement. However, that style of proactive problem-solving was great for getting some things done. It was not, on the other hand, effective at building strong relationships between me and my administration.

Why Does DeKalb County Schools STILL Have More Than 210 Teacher Vacancies?

This past month’s DeKalb Board of Education work session was quite enlightening with regard to our department of Human Capital. Our district, a week before school, reported 291 unfilled teacher positions – and that’s not including teaching positions to be funded through Title I federal funds. Last year at this time, we had 149 teacher vacancies.

Low-Income Schools Lack Substitute Teachers

We all know what happens when a substitute teacher takes over a class for a day -- at best, students work quietly on an assignment; at worst, students enjoy a "free period" to converse with their classmates. In low-income schools and school districts, the impact on the students is felt even more because of the additional loss of instructional time that ripples throughout classrooms as teachers scramble to cover for one another.

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