Report: 651 teaching positions open in South Carolina, schools struggle to keep new hires

South Carolina is losing more teachers, creating more positions that need to be filled, according to the annual report from the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA).

About 7,300 did not return to their positions at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year, about a thousand more than the previous year. Only 27% remained with the South Carolina public school system, meaning 5,300 left.

Districts are reporting 621 public schools teaching positions that are still vacant, a 16% increase from 2017-18.

South Carolina public schools are struggling to keep new hires. 34% of first-year teachers hired for the 2017-18 school year did not return to the same position, and 25% left the South Carolina public school system. Both were increases from the previous year.

Retired teachers represented 26% of all departures, up from 20% after the 2017-18 school year.

The report says the number of teachers who graduated from in-state teacher preparation programs has decreased by 32% since the 2012-13 school year.

CERRA says the decrease has forced South Carolina public schools have had to look more at outside sources for teachers. Nearly 400 international teachers were hired this school year, compared to roughly 100 in 2013.

You can see the full report by clicking here.

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