Detroit School District Still Needs Teachers

171 unfilled teaching positions, down from 250

Detroit’s public school district reports that it has 171 vacant teaching positions.

The largest number of vacancies is in general education, with 124 unfilled positions. There are also 45 unfilled special education positions.

The data also indicates the district has 46 elementary and 49 secondary teaching positions open. Out of those 49 secondary teaching vacancies, 16 are in math and 20 are in science.

The district is using substitute teachers to fill the positions not held by full-time instructors.

In mid-September, the district had 194 teaching vacancies in general and special education, accord to The Detroit News. At the start of the school year, two weeks earlier, the district had 250 unfilled teaching positions.

The previous school year, Detroit’s school district had to leave 300 unfilled teaching positions vacant, sell $10 million in property and use a one-time transfer of $15.7 million to avoid running a deficit.

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In June 2016, the Legislature wiped away the school district’s debt by approving a $617 million bailout.

 


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Detroit Prep is a top-rated and economically and racially diverse charter school in the city. It's growth means it needs to move out from a church basement and into a new location. Nearby is a former Detroit Public Schools building, sitting empty for years. But, worried about competition, the public school district refused to sell. For years, district and local government officials in Detroit had worked to block public charter schools. They pushed legislation at the Michigan Capitol to hinder them, refused to sell to them, transferred surplus buildings from the district to the city government and imposed deed restrictions on property sales to private developers. All of it was aimed to hinder or even prevent charter school choice outside the confines of the Detroit school district.

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