Bronx schools are searching for new teachers after thousands retire

Students choosing a major in college may want to consider teaching since 2,500 teachers so far this year have filled out their retirement papers.

Although the number of retirements by August 1, 2005 are 500 less than in 2004, the United Federation of Teachers President Randy Weingarten says the difference is more certified teachers retired this year than any other. In the past four years, more than 10,000 teacher in the Bronx and the city have retired.

Weingarten says currently the number of schools with an experienced teaching roster are few. Weingarten says this is sending the wrong message that experience is not valued.

Bronx and the city plan to hire 7,000 new teachers before the school bell rings in September.

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