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CMSD teacher recruiting will shift back into high gear


The Cleveland Metropolitan School District is in the market for a lot of new teachers again, estimating that it will need to hire nearly 400 by next school year.

The Teach Cleveland recruiting campaign will rev back up in coming weeks to fill 350 vacant positions projected for the 2015-16 school year.

Another 31 teachers are needed immediately to plug 31 existing openings. Candidates must apply by Dec. 1 so they can begin work Jan. 5, the day before the start of the second semester.

Bracing for a spike in retirements and other turnover, CMSD launched Teach Cleveland before the current school year and hired 232 teachers.

Recruiters will appeal to teachers who want to make a difference and be part of the innovation and sweeping reforms in The Cleveland Plan, a state-approved blueprint for change. They also will promote Cleveland as a city on the rise.

The campaign will place special emphasis on hiring black and Latino teachers. CMSD’s teaching corps is two-thirds white, while the enrollment is two-thirds black. Latinos account for 14 percent of the student body but make up 4 percent of teachers.

Recruiters are also seeking to fill high-need areas like special education, math, science and bilingual education.