CMS offers more money, less paperwork in effort to recruit specialized teachers

CMS offers more money, less paperwork in effort to recruit specialized teachers

MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. — Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has reduced the workload of its exceptional children’s teachers to attract more people to take on the job. Exceptional educators make sure students have the appropriate individualized education program in the least restrictive environment. The district anticipates that 10% of its EC educator positions will go unfilled if they don’t get more people to apply. When Shalana Lackey was in the classroom teaching students with special needs, it was a highlight of her career. “You see these kids, and they are, you know, they all have different challenges, but what kid doesn’t," Lackey said. Lackey was one of about 900 exceptional educators at CMS until she transitioned into a new role in the district. This school year, the district is down 90 of those …
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