DeSoto school officials urge LA to address teacher shortage

Published: Feb. 5, 2018 at 3:02 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 6, 2018 at 10:57 AM CST
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DeSoto Parish is the first to pass the resolution and plans to call on other parish school...
DeSoto Parish is the first to pass the resolution and plans to call on other parish school districts to get involved (Source: KSLA News 12)

DESOTO PARISH, LA (KSLA) - DeSoto School Board members recently passed a resolution calling on Louisiana lawmakers to make a change to attract more teachers.

The resolution urges leaders to create a task force to figure out ways to bring in and educate more teachers.

DeSoto schools Superintendent Cade Brumley said the resolution will be sent to other parish school districts throughout the state in hopes that it will also be signed.

"We're not experiencing a shortage of teachers across the board, don't get me wrong," said Brumley.

"But in key areas like secondary math, secondary science, and special education, and then looking for a more diverse workforce, we have critical shortages."

Caddo Parish Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Theodis Goree says he has reviewed it and believes it could bring value to a much-needed conversation in our state regarding attracting the highest quality individuals to become teachers.

According to Caddo Parish Public Schools spokeswoman Mary Wood, the district struggles to maintain a full staff of "hard-to-fill" positions including special education and secondary math and science.

"Additional subjects such as secondary English are also becoming difficult to fill" added Wood.

Dr. Goree and staff will present the resolution to the Caddo Parish School Board for consideration during its Feb. 13 regular meeting.

The Board will vote on whether to approve the resolution and sign on to any documentation which will be sent to the Governor's office.

"Right now, only about 2 percent of teachers are African-American men, and the same goes for Hispanic decent," Brumley said.

"We don't feel that is a fair representation of our student bodies."

Below is the resolution:

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