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Posted August 10, 2015

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Qualified Teachers in Every Classroom

APS is working with the teachers union to make sure every child in every classroom has a qualified teacher on the first day of school.

To: APS Employees

From: Katarina Sandoval, Chief Academic Officer

RE: All classes to have qualified teachers on the first day of school

Welcome back! We are looking forward to an outstanding 2015-16 school year. We hope you have returned refreshed, re-energized and excited about the work ahead. Our goal this year is to transform APS into a high performing, nationally recognized school district. Together, we are confident that we can reach this ambitious goal.

To that end, APS and the Albuquerque Teachers Federation have worked together to ensure we have a qualified teacher for every child in every classroom on the first day of school. In an ideal world, we would be able to fill all of our teacher vacancies prior to the first day. That has proven difficult, however, due to a national teacher shortage that’s also impacting Albuquerque Public Schools.

Here’s our temporary solution for filling teacher vacancies with qualified professionals:   

  1. First, we will make every effort to hire a certified teacher.
  2. Next, we will turn to qualified substitutes.
  3. We also will continue to pay middle and high school teachers to sell their preps in exchanges for teaching additional classes.
  4. Principals also may place certified staff not assigned to a classroom (such as instructional coaches, deans of students, librarians, reading/math coaches, etc.) in vacancies until a teacher is hired through Sept. 4. These certified staff members will not be expected to do their normal duties while they are covering vacancies.
  5. After exhausting the above options, APS administration will assign Central Office employees with teaching licenses to cover remaining vacancies until a teacher is hired through Sept. 4. These certified staff members will not be expected to do their normal duties while they are covering vacancies. 
  6. Central office employees filling teacher vacancies will report to their assigned school on Aug. 12 and will return to their jobs on or before Sept. 5.

We thank you in advance for your commitment to serving our students and families. It is because of you students will experience a positive beginning of the school year.  

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