Will there be jobs for new teachers in Louisiana? - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Will there be jobs for new teachers in Louisiana?

by Brandon Richards bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC-TV) – The annual spring teacher fair, hosted by McNeese State University, is usually an opportunity for graduating seniors to find jobs.

This year, that's not happening.

Many school districts are facing budget cuts and that are leading to some tough decisions, such as teacher layoffs.

Calcasieu Parish Schools are in that predicament. On Tuesday, the school board will decide whether to layoff up to 104 teachers.

Calcasieu Parish Schools Assistant Superintendent Gary Anderson said the district will still likely need new hires later in the summer, with some teachers retiring. However, he did note the bleak job market, even pointing out that the number of recruiters who showed up to the teacher fair was the lowest he had seen in ten years.

Brandy Guidry is an MSU senior trying to find a job as a pre-K through 3rd grade teacher. Guidry calls the job search "stressful."

According to a number of students attending the job fair on Monday, school districts were taking resumes, but most weren't actively seeking new hires.

Anderson wants new college grads to remain optimistic about their future.

"Hang in there. Don't panic just yet," he said.

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