Md. flush with teaching applicants
While they anxiously wait to find out whether their teaching jobs in northern New Jersey will survive that state's budget cuts, Christopher Bell and his wife are beginning to consider where they might go to find employment, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Maryland is appealing because most of its school systems are not planning to lay off teachers. So Bell is putting in his paperwork to get a teaching certificate there.
It is teachers like Bell who are making schools across Maryland feel suddenly flush with high-quality job applicants to fill the fewer-than-usual number of vacancies. This is a time, human resource officers say, that they will have their pick of the best and the brightest.
"We are probably getting more applicants than ever before because we are more stable than ever before," said Jean Satterfield, assistant superintendent for certification and accreditation at the State Department of Education.
But the state is unusual. A survey by the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, the two largest teacher unions in the nation, shows that 150,000 education jobs, including many teaching positions, are now threatened.
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