A South Florida school district that ranks among the country’s largest hopes to save money by sending top administrators into classrooms to substitute-teach.
The plan in Broward County, expected to save $200,000 annually, means even the superintendent could be called on. The idea came from a 2nd grade teacher in a district campaign soliciting cost-saving proposals from employees. It requires that the 111 administrators who are certified to teach replace substitutes twice a month.
Neighboring Miami-Dade County is considering a similar plan, but its administrators wouldn’t replace substitutes. Instead, they could teach or co-instruct classes, give guest lectures, tutor, or mentor.
A version of this article appeared in the August 26, 2009 edition of Education Week