Broward Schools hires 487 teachers to meet class size
Nearly 1,000 pre-registered candidates attended the Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Teacher Job Fair on Tuesday, October 5, 2010. The event resulted in hiring 487 new teachers of the 502 elementary and 472 secondary aspiring teachers attending.
By State law, the District must meet mandatory class size reduction requirements or face stiff penalties. The cap that takes effect on October 15, 2010, sets class sizes at 18 students in pre-kindergarten through third grade; 22 students in fourth through eighth; and 25 students in ninth through 12th. Failure to meet these state mandated requirements would expose the District to significant penalties. To avoid penalties and to conform to the legal requirements imposed by the state, the teachers hired will be placed by October 15, and many will begin sooner.
Many schools also took advantage of having all of the applicants on site to fill positions that were not necessarily for class size, but were to replace teachers who would be going on leave or for new positions that the school received due to student growth.
Hiring the new educators, who will mainly teach core classes such as English, math and reading, will allow class sizes to shrink. But it means some students must switch teachers more than halfway through the first grading period of the school year.
The class schedules of about 11,000 students will have to change to meet new class size limits. Superintendent James F. Notter is confident this can happen without disrupting students’ education.
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