MONTGOMERY, AL (WAFF) - Alabama state lawmakers are trying to address a massive school teacher shortage. Some school districts are reporting the problem as a crisis.
There are currently are hundreds of schools across the state hiring non-certified educators to emergency one-year contracts. According to our partners at the Decatur Daily, one proposal from state Sen. Clyde Chambliss, R-Prattville, is to allow non-certified educators to teach for up to six years. Senate Bill 304 would change the word “emergency” to “urgent” and allow the expanded contracts.
During the 2017 school year, more than 1,700 teachers were not certified to teach the classes they were assigned. This is one of several school issues being discussed.
A 4 percent pay raise for teachers is expected to be introduced this year.
Just last week, a bill to increase the retirement benefits for new teachers was approved in a House committee.