Public school jobs: A five year summary

For years, I published an annual newsletter that summarized vacant school jobs listed on the The North Carolina Public Schools Application System.  Although I did not publish one this year, the following summarizes vacancies over the last five years:

August 21, 2015

  • 810 Licensed positions (includes teachers, principals, counselors, media supervisors, social workers, and speech language pathologists)
  • 326 Classified positions (includes instructional assistants, office support, custodians, food service personnel, and maintenance staff)
  • Five substitute and 59 bus driver positions

August 19, 2014

  • 908 Licensed positions
  • 347 Classified positions
  • Ten substitute and 34 bus driver positions

August 13, 2013

  • 961 Licensed positions
  • 360 Classified positions
  • Ten substitute and 32 bus driver positions

August 21, 2012

  • 680 Licensed positions
  • 351 Classified positions
  • One substitute and 16 bus driver positions

August 16, 2011

  • 457 Licensed positions
  • 245 Classified positions
  • 13 substitute and 13 bus driver positions

Note: NCPSAS is not a real-time computer system. Job postings on the website are maintained by local school districts, so districts have already filled some of the vacancies listed on the site.  It is also possible that some districts have openings that have not yet been added to the NCPSAS.

Moreover, districts may choose to post only a portion of their available positions, which may account for why there are few substitute and bus driver vacancies listed. School district officials know that it is unnecessary to launch a statewide search to find qualified individuals to fill these positions.

The state application system does not include every public school district in the state. The two largest systems in North Carolina, the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), maintain their own job listing and application systems.

Terry Stoops / Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Terry Stoops is the Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the progra...

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