Nashua schools

Nashua schools are struggling with a major shortage of instructors for students for whom English is not their first language. The school district serves nearly 1,300 of these students, but only has 24 ELL, or English Language Learner, teachers.

Among the reasons why there are so many students in need of these teachers is the test used to determine eligibility. Recent changes to the exam have resulted in more students showing a need for specialized ELL instruction. Robert Cioppa is the Director of Student Services and ELL for the Nashua School District. 

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Nashua schools are struggling with finding enough substitute teachers. School officials say it’s been a daily challenge for the past three years, and Nashua School District is looking at ways to address this issue.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Superintendent Jahmal Mosley about how the district plans to entice and retain more subs. 

(Editor's note: this transcript has been edited lightly for clarity.)

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The Nashua Teachers’ Union says teachers might cut back on their responsibilities if the Board of Education doesn’t come to a contract agreement this week.

Teachers started the new school year without a contract. Union president Adam Marcoux says the board has been mostly quiet since mid-June.

Marcoux says teachers may cut back on student field trips, writing recommendation letters or advising organizations without being paid.

Those steps would come Sept. 18. That is, if there is no tentative agreement reached at the next negotiation session.