Superintendent: CT short on math teachers

Bridgeport schools' superintendent visited one of the city's public high schools Friday to announce the district had finally found a new full-time geometry teacher, despite

Bridgeport schools' superintendent visited one of the city's public high schools Friday to announce the district had finally found a new full-time geometry teacher, despite a statewide shortage of qualified personnel.

Bridgeport schools' superintendent visited one of the city's public high schools Friday to announce the district had finally found a new full-time geometry teacher, despite a statewide shortage of qualified personnel. (12/11/15)

BRIDGEPORT - Bridgeport schools' superintendent visited one of the city's public high schools Friday to announce the district had finally found a new full-time geometry teacher, despite a statewide shortage of qualified personnel.

At Harding High School, ninth- and 10th-grade students sent letters to district superintendent Fran Rabinowitz in September about the issue.

Rabinowitz says she visited the school and realized that a long-term substitute teacher who had been teaching geometry did not have an adequate background to teach math in accordance with regular standards.

She says that after reaching that conclusion, she sought to hire a full-time teacher, but found that there's a shortage of certified math teachers not only in Bridgeport, but throughout the state.

Ultimately, Rabinowitz says the district did hire a full-time geometry teacher at Harding. The new teacher started working Friday.

She says there's also the additional challenge of retaining teachers who sometimes leave in the middle of the school year for higher paying positions.

More on this topic

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

VIDEO: Bridgeport landlord sentencing 1 VIDEO: Bridgeport landlord sentencing
The Regal Stratford Stadium 14 has closed its 2 Stratford movie theater closes
Firefighters were called to the scene on Vine 3 VIDEO: Bridgeport fire
Police advise customers to watch belongings while shopping 4 Police advise customers to watch belongings while shopping
The Nutcracker Our Way is an hour-long show 5 Bridgeport students set to perform in upcoming Nutcracker show

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Focus on Connecticut Focus on Connecticut

Features local, state and federal officials discussing the issues around southwestern Connecticut.

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut. Our Lives

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut.

Each week News 12 Connecticut introduces you to Hometown Hero

News 12 highlights people who give to the community.

We spotlight a local team each week. Connecticut Team of the Week

Each week News 12 Connecticut highlights a team from a local school.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE