AUSTIN (KXAN) – The Austin Independent School District must fill a teacher shortage. The district currently has close to 130 vacancies.
At a board meeting Thursday night, executives talked about ways they are trying to fill that gap.
In addition to recruiting from local colleges, the district collaborates with Texas universities, including Huston-Tillotson.
Talent Acquisition Administrative Coordinator Steven Jackson spoke about the Huston-Tillotson African American Male Teacher Initiative at the meeting. The aim of the initiative is to increase the number of black men in the teaching profession. Twenty students would receive a full scholarship to pursue jobs in education.
Jackson said in 2025 that they expect to have about 100 men in the program.
Until they hire teachers, school leaders will be dependent on substitutes. But the district is also experiencing a shortage of subs.
The district has narrowed the list of positions eligible for temporary staff to help.