Special education teachers offered $15K bonus from Detroit Public Schools to fill vacancies

"In my mind, one teacher vacancy in our district is one too many," said DPS superintendent Dr. Vitti
Special education teachers offered $15K bonus from Detroit Public Schools to fill vacancies
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DETROIT (WWJ) -- Detroit Public Schools has announced that it will offer $15,000 bonuses for select teachers.

The bonus, which will be for Exceptional Student Education (ESE) teachers (previously called Special Education), was designed as an incentive to fill the remaining teacher vacancies in DPS for the 2012-2022 school year.

DPS vacancies have declined steadily from nearly 300 in Fall 2017 to just 38 this spring. Of the district’s remaining teacher vacancies, 80% are in ESE teacher positions.

Current district-employed teachers and new-hires with the following endorsements will be eligible for the bonus:

-Emotional Impairment
-Cognitive Impairment
-Autism Spectrum Disorder
-Deaf and Hard of Hearing

“We’ve filled nearly every general education teacher position in the last four years, all while increasing the number of teacher positions in our schools. Filling the remaining Exceptional Student Education positions is the last piece of the puzzle in becoming fully staffed and ensuring all of DPSCD’s students have a qualified educator,” DPS superintendent Dr. Nikolai P. Vitti said in a statement.

“We have increased salaries for all teachers in the last four years to recognize our educators, and this certification bonus goes the extra mile to attract and retain the best teachers in these historically difficult-to-staff assignments," Dr. Vitti continued. "In my mind, one teacher vacancy in our district is one too many.”

DPS educators who are not teaching in one of these areas, but hold one of the eligible endorsements, may request a transfer for the 2021-2022 school year to be eligible.

Educators from outside DPS are also encouraged to apply.

To view and apply for open positions, visit careers.detroitk12.org.