Education

Aug 21, 2014 9:02 AM by AP

Terrebonne schools hire more uncertified teachers

Superintendent Philip Martin says low teacher pay has forced the Terrebonne Parish school system to hire 80 non-certified teachers, which is more than last school year.

Martin says two non-certified instructors lead gifted classes.

School board member Gregory Harding says the system has non-certified teachers in the district and it doesn't mean they're not qualified.

Martin tells The Courier the school system struggles to attract new teachers because it can't compete with higher wages in neighboring parishes. He says the bigger problem is their inability to retain veteran teachers.

The parish's average teacher salary, $46,381 a year, ranks 47th in the state. Starter teaching salary in Terrebonne is $37,909, which also ranks in the bottom third of the state.

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