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Pinellas looks to hire college students as tutors



With too few teachers taking after-school tutoring positions, the Pinellas County School District is looking to hire college students. 

College students must have 60 credit hours to be hired as tutors to work in before- and after-school tutoring programs and Saturday sessions. They will work with students on day-to-day academics and assist with enrichment programs. The school district also has used retired educators to fill tutoring positions this year.

The positions pay $20 an hour.

Interestingly, the school district might get more full-time teachers interested in the extended learning positions if they paid them their regular rate of pay. The current pay - $20 an hour - is a boost over previous years when such positions paid $13 or $15 an hour. But the teachers union has argued that teachers shouldn't be paid at a "discounted" rate for work that is essentially the same as what they do during the school day.

Given the demands during the day, many teachers aren't willing to work after school for less money.

This has been an ongoing issue in negotiations between the school district and the union. District officials argue that tutoring isn't the same as teaching. Instruction, as defined by the school district, involves more students. They sought to make the positions more attractive by raising the pay to $20 an hour. Given the push to get college students and retired educators, it doesn't appear to have worked.

Superintendent Mike Grego also has emphasized using retirees and others to avoid burnout among the teacher ranks, particularly at the most challenging schools. Some of those schools have waiting lists for tutoring.

To fill out an application for tutoring, go here.


[Last modified: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 12:02pm]


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