State policy impacting CCSD's efforts to hire teachers


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State policy impacting CCSD's efforts to hire teachers

By Krista Hostetler. CREATED Aug 12, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Students in the Clark County School District return to class in less than two weeks.

The district is still working to hire hundreds of teachers, but officials said a change in state policy is making it difficult.

The issue involves emergency waivers, granted in past years by the Department of Education as out-of-state candidates work through the state licensing process.

This year, state leaders aren't allowing them over fears it could jeopardize federal funding.

CCSD leaders said it's making it difficult to fill last-minute positions, without being able to offer out-of-state candidates a full-time job.

"They may be less likely to move if they think they have to be starting as a long term substitute without medical benefits," said Staci Vesneske, CCSD chief human resources officer.

CCSD is working to offer more state licensing tests leading up to the beginning of the school year, and district leaders plan to work with lawmakers to change state law to allow temporary licenses in the future.