Corrected as data from Beaufort County, SOUTH Carolina was used instead of Beaufort County, NORTH Carolina. My apologies.
Need to tip my hat to the folks over at SCforEd for this idea. They are looking at the openings across South Carolina in public education each week leading up to when school starts. I am not sure that I’ll be doing updates like they are, but I thought it would be interesting nonetheless.
As of July 23rd, which is approximately one month before school starts for most traditional calendar schools there are 7,228 openings. The list is below. I’m including ALL open positions, because as we know it takes all those positions to properly support our students. This includes coaches, substitutes, transportation, administration and central office people as long as they are listed through the same platform as teachers.
On another note, I’d even suggest that the number is even HIGHER than what I was able to find, many districts will post the same position name for multiple openings.
Congratulations to Clay County, y’all have the least with only 1 opening.
I have five ideas on how to help fill some of those positions:
- Enough school librarians, psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses, and other health professionals to meet national standards
- A $15 minimum wage for all school personnel, 5% raise for all ESPs (non-certified staff), teachers, admin, and a 5% cost of living adjustment for retirees
- Expanding Medicaid to improve the health of our students and families
- Reinstating state retiree health benefits eliminated by the General Assembly in 2017
- Restoring advanced degree compensation stripped by the General Assembly in 2013