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VISD meets federal highly-qualified teacher requirement

By KBell
Nov. 16, 2011 at 5:16 a.m.


IF YOU GO

WHAT: VISD regular board meeting

WHEN: 6 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Administration building board room, 102 Profit Drive

OTHER AGENDA ITEMS: Discuss trustee redistricting plans, discuss approval of grant applications and consider some contracts for award.

The Victoria school district this year met federal No Child Left Behind requirements for hiring highly-qualified teachers.

Last year, the district fell short of the standards, which require teachers to have a degree in the subject they teach, as well as a teaching certificate.

"In years past, we have been 100 percent and other years come up short in areas of mathematics at high school level or maybe science, or maybe even a foreign language like Spanish," said Eloy Chapa, VISD's director of human resources.

Teachers in those areas are harder to find than, say, elementary school teachers, Chapa said.

To come into compliance with No Child Left Behind laws, the district held job fairs, blasted advertisements and offered $3,000 yearly stipends to attract teachers in hard-to-find academic areas.

"We're fortunate enough that we have some teachers who have multiple certifications. One year may be teaching social studies and next year teaching computer science," Chapa said.

Districts who don't meet No Child Left Behind requirements must form a committee to submit to the state a detailed compliance report stating how the district tried to find highly-qualified teachers.

Chapa will present the district's qualified teacher report to the school board at its regular meeting Thursday night.

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