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Reader Polls Feedback for: June 15, through June 24, 2007

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As we stated in this week’s IVLV newsletter, Clark County School District is in desperate need of at least 1,163 more teachers to start the school year. It appears that each year Clark County cannot hire enough quality teachers to keep up with the Las Vegas expansion, thus taking us to this week’s Reader Poll question. If you were in charge of the Clark County School District and obviously had a limited budget to hire teachers, what would you do to attract and hire more qualified teachers.  What is your opinion?  Why or Why not? 

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I feel that cash always talks, but realizing every school district has a budget, maybe you work on areas of the country with bad weather and lure the quality teachers from that angle.    Benjamin D.  NJ

$33,000 for beginning teachers? Where and how do the teachers live if they only have a single income? More of the gambling revenue in the form of taxes needs to be levied so the salaries can be increased.  Kathleen Cahill  Richardson, TX

*  I would tell them that they can have 5 free days or personal days that they can be replaced with a sub, in which they have to contact in order to leave. I would choose this because my child's teacher said that if she weren't a teacher yet, then she would probably become one in CCSD if she had some personal days to take off.   Rosemary  Henderson Nevada

Find good housing for potential new hires. Thats a big help for those who are thinking of moving to vegas. And it makes sense as your trying to lure new teachers to your city. Many major citys have too many teachers graduating and not enough are retiring. Advertise is also a good bet. Write and send a nice advertisement to some major citys newspapers. Give them them perks of relocating and the help they will need in doing so.  Ralph Didomonic  Hamden, CT

*  Help the new teachers with moving cost and finding housing.   Duane Kraxberger  Canby, OR

The key would be to get area business to help. Some ways might include: sponsoring moving costs, helping to pay for a new teacher training program (BTSA in CA), offering low interest home loans for teachers, priority and lower rent on good places to live, teacher discounts that you can count on--just show your school ID. The way to get businesses on board is to educate them that the teachers and their well-taugt students are their future patrons-this is not a hand out--it is an investment.  Vickie Christensen  Mt View CA

 I would send a representative to the major cities in other states to advertise the need for teachers. Detroit just had a career fair and there were several thousand in attendance. I would also give an incentive bonus - perhaps $500 to people that recruit teachers to the city. Offer the potential teachers free transportation to come for an interview.   Jenny Simoni  Royal Oak, MI

*   The first thing is to offer more money and more incentives. Better health care plans and better retirement as well as incentives to stay there after years of service etc. would help a lot. You could offer great financing packages for home loans to help relocating.   Jerry  Pullman, WA

Build coalitions to make the job a better value. You need to go find money for a nationwide marketing push to the universities and state teachers associations. You need to match up realtors and mortgage lenders to facilitate moving to the desert. You need the buy-in of the business community to invest in bribing... "incentivising"... new teachers to start their careers in Las Vegas. What ever the union will let you get away with. Find the gray lines. Push the envelope. Take a... chance.  Don Bartley  Portland, OR

*  Perhaps offering tuition reimbursement might help, or maybe a scholarship plan with a period of obligated service for pre-paid education.   David Price  Kenmore, Wa

Offer incentives for highly qualified teachers to move to the area. For example, help them find homes and pay part or all of home mortgage for a specified period of time.   Alda A. Cummings  Oakland CA



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