WASHINGTON — The Cleveland, Ohio, school district has decided to recruit mathematics and science teachers in India after searching the 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico, according to Urban Educator, the newsletter of the Council of the Great City Schools.
The city's recruitment team plans to visit four cities in India, which were not named in the article.
The newsletter quotes Carol Hauser, the district's human resources director, as saying that of 1,200 teacher candidates interviewed in 2000, only 45 were certified in mathematics and science. The school district has 77,000 students.
"Those statistics alone were the 'handwriting on the wall' that convinced me of the need to recruit abroad," Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the district's chief executive officer, told Urban Educator. "It's a crisis. People are going to really have to explore other forms of recruitment."
Byrd-Bennett said Cleveland's publicly funded schools will need 850 teachers this year.
"Demand for classroom teachers in the nation's urban schools has reached critical proportions, primarily in special education, mathematics and science, with shortages projected to continue through the next five years," the newsletter reported.
The shortage is part of a larger national shortage of teachers documented by former Secretary of Education Richard Riley, who said last year that 2 million teachers would be needed by 2010.
According to the newsletter, Cleveland will use the Teachers Placement Group for its recruitment efforts in India; the company has been approved by the State Department and the Department of Education.