Over 400 apply to teach at Cleveland Schools

Over 400 apply to teach at Cleveland Schools

is looking to fill 29 teaching positions with a start date in January 2015.

With Monday, December 8 being the deadline, the school district reports that 404 candidates have submitted applications.

It is not uncommon to hear that CMSD needs to hire teachers in the middle of the school year but this year things are different.

“It shows that people are interested in Cleveland and what's happening in our schools,” said Chief Talent Officer Lora Cover.

With retirees soon to hang up their hats, representatives for the district say they intend to add as many as 350 teachers for the 2014-15 school year.

Before the 2014-15 school year began the Teach Cleveland  program recruited 232 teachers.  The program was created in response to a long awaited large-scale demand in years.

According to CMSD the district is looking to hire teachers for special education, math, science and bilingual education.

The focus is also to hire more Black and Latino teachers in order to better represent the student population.

CMSD shared the following statistics:

CMSD has more than 2,800 classroom teachers, two-thirds of whom are white, while two-thirds of the nearly 39,000 students are black. Latinos account for 14 percent of the enrollment but make up only 4 percent of teachers.  The percentage of new applications submitted by teachers of color was nearly double that of last spring. Of the 404 applicants, 51 percent are white, 40 percent are black, 5 percent are Latino and 4 percent are Asian.  About three-fourths of the applicants are women. Seven percent are from outside Ohio.

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