How the military is hoping to help Alabama’s teacher shortage

Superintendent James Carter is near his wits’ end trying to find qualified teachers to educate his schools in Alabama’s rural Greene County. So much so that he is planning to ask for the school board’s support in providing new teachers with $2,000 sign-on bonuses.

In a district funded locally by just over the state minimum, at 11 mills, Greene County does not have a lot of extra cash to spend, Carter said. About 15 percent of its teacher positions are open.

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