Grappling with staff shortage, WCCUSD hires nonprofit to provide substitute teachers

JOHN F. KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL sign, steel on pebbles.

The West Contra Costa Unified School District board unanimously approved a $306,000 contract this week to fill teacher vacancies with substitutes.  Under the contract with Scoot Education, TeachStart (Scoot’s nonprofit arm) will place one to two “high quality” substitute teachers at four schools: Kennedy High, Stege Elementary, Peres K-­8 and Helms Middle.  If those placements…

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Richmond schools adapt to growing need for bilingual teachers

Jose Luis Gomez teaches a transitional bilingual second grade class at Bayview Elementary in San Pablo. He's one of the teachers recruited from Mexico and Spain.

Richmond and surrounding cities have not escaped the teacher shortage facing the rest of California, but the problem here is different than in many other school districts: a shortage of bilingual teachers. In order to fill vacancies for bilingual teachers this school year, the district turned to a state-run visitor-exchange program.

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