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St. Paul, MN: District offers $10K bonus for SPED teachers; 'money talks'

Mar 20, 2023, KSTP TV, Minneapolis: St. Paul Public Schools to offer $10k bonuses in an effort to fill special education positions

Officials with St. Paul Public Schools are hoping the phrase “money talks” will entice more applicants to fill an anticipated 70+ positions across the district for the upcoming school year.

According to a news release issued by the district Monday morning, the bonuses will be up to $10,000 for positions such as special education staff, teachers, social workers, psychologists, speech and language pathologists and more.

The $10,000 bonus will be given to the first 70 special education licensed staff hired for the upcoming school year and will be paid over two school years in three installments. Anyone who is currently employed within the district and who get their license and are hired for a position will also receive the bonus.

In addition, the district is also offering the following bonuses for filling other positions: $4,000 for the first 50 special education educational assistants, behavior intervention specialists and mental health practitioners, as well as that same amount for the first 60 teachers who have a Tier 2, 3 or 4 license and are hired for math, chemistry, middle school science, physical education, language immersion, Montessori or English as a Second Language (Latino Consent Decree positions), and the first 50 special education teaching assistants who are hired

$2,000 for current Tier 2 special education teachers in the district who get a Tier 3 or 4 license by November of 2023…

Earlier this year, the district hosted a teacher preparation fair in an effort to help fill the need for teachers in the district. Special education teachers were in high demand at that time as well….

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