More than 1,000 teachers needed for metro Atlanta schools ahead of first day

With the 2017-2018 school year beginning at the end of the month for some metro Atlanta school districts, hiring managers say they’ve ramped up recruiting efforts to begin the year with little to no vacancies.

In mid-June, metro Atlanta school districts needed to hire about 1,400 teachers before the school year began. The DeKalb County School District led that list with 438 vacancies, followed by Clayton County Schools with about 300.

Atlanta Public Schools touted an aggressive recruiting process that began in the winter as helping to lower the number of their teacher openings more than 50 percent to 123, down from 278 at the same time last year.

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