Gwinnett looking to hire 75 teachers

With less than a month before the new school year begins, Gwinnett County school officials said Thursday they have 75 teacher vacancies.

Nearly one-half of those vacancies are for special education teachers, officials said.

Frances Davis, Gwinnett’s associate superintendent for human resources and talent management, told board members she’s confident the district will fill the positions before the school year starts on Aug. 10. Board member Louise Radloff asked several questions about the trouble hiring and retaining special education teachers.

“That is a national problem with special education,” Davis said.

Davis said some of the challenges keeping special education teachers include the numerous legal requirements they must adhere to and the mountains of paperwork they have to fill out. Radloff said state or federal legislation may be needed to recruit and retain more special education teachers.

“It’s really a challenge,” said Radloff, who’s been on the Gwinnett school board since 1973. “There’s a lot of burnout. I think it’s going to be a huge issue down the road.”