Bridgeport needs dozens of teachers, superintendent warns

BRIDGEPORT — School administrators are scrambling to hire dozens of new teachers and combine multiple classes amid a teacher shortage that has impacted several local schools.

Superintendent Michael Testani announced at a recent Board of Education meeting that the school system is still short a little more than 80 state-certified professionals, a group that includes social workers and counselors but is largely made up of teachers.

Testani attributed the shortage to a host of issues, including competitive pay offered by nearby districts and the fact that the number of open positions across Connecticut is greater than the number of people who graduated from state-certified teacher preparation programs.

“There are not enough people leaving college prepared to teach,” Testani said.

Testani said the vacancies represent only about five percent of the district’s state-certified faculty members and noted other urban districts across Connecticut are facing even larger shortages.

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