Senate Committee Clears Bill To Offer School Districts Flexibility In Filling Teacher Vacancies

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TRENTON – A measure sponsored intended to allow school districts more flexibility when filling classroom teacher vacancies was unanimously approved Monday by the Senate Education Committee.

Under current law, qualified teachers holding a certificate of eligibility or a certificate of eligibility with advanced standing are permitted to fill a vacant teaching position in his or her authorized subject area for a maximum of 60 school days.

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The bill, S-2071, would require school districts wishing to allow a certified substitute teacher to fill a classroom vacancy for more than 60 days, to receive written permission from the executive county superintendent of schools.

The bill would also provide that if a certified substitute teacher is granted permission to remain in the position longer than 60 days, he or she must be compensated on a level consistent with the salary paid to a teacher with similar credentials in the same school district.

The bill is supported by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), and the New Jersey School Boards Association. It now heads to the full Senate for consideration.


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