Clark County, Nevada expects a shortage of 500 teachers when school opens in a few weeks.
(Lina) Gutierrez said she expects to have about 1,600 teachers contracted by the first day of school Aug. 29. But the district — one of the fastest growing in the nation — needs about 2,100 teachers to fill all its vacancies, most of which are in high-need areas such as special education, math and science.
The district is importing English-speaking teachers from the Philippines and “bilingual” math teachers from Spain, but legislators rejected alternative certfication, notes the Center for Education Reform.
The ABCTE program allows teachers with college degrees to test through the education course knowledge and teach in the field of their expertise. But in true status-quo fashion, the education establishment rallied its troops immediately to kill this option.
Better to have a sub or a math teacher who doesn’t speak fluent English.