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EPISD drops college credit requirements for substitute teachers, raises pay

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EL PASO - Faced with a deep shortage of substitute teachers, the El Paso Independent School District board Tuesday voted unanimously to remove advanced academic requirements for applicants.

Traditionally, the district required applicants to have 90 college credit hours to be considered for a substitute position. Now, the only requirement the district is looking for is a high school diploma.

“We also recognize that there’s several people that are qualified or are good candidates but don’t meet that qualification of the 90 hour rule, so we’re going to take a look at those as well," Gustavo Reveles, spokesman for EPISD explained about the decision.

Trustees also raised the pay for substitute positions inside and outside the classroom in order to remain competitive with other districts.

The items were approved during the consent agenda portion of the meeting and there was no discussion.

"The District will lose the ability to hire a greater number of individuals to cover classes in the absence of teachers," read the item posted on the meeting's agenda. "This burden will impact teachers as they are asked to cover for other colleagues due to lack of substitutes."

“We want to make sure that we have enough qualified and enough substitutes to go in those classrooms and take care of our students while our classroom teachers are out," Reveles said.

The requirement will be waived for the rest of this school year and the next.

The pay hike will apply to this school year only, according to documents on the district's website.

The rate for a substitute teacher without a degree will go from $75 to $100 per day. The daily rate for certified or retired teachers serving as substitutes will go from $100 to $160.

Other substitute positions such as bus drivers, clerks and school nurses, among others, will also receive a pay increase, according to the proposal.

Any qualifying candidate can fill out an application by clicking here.

Brenda De Anda-Swann

Brenda De Anda-Swann is news director at ABC-7.



  1. Why are we paying the school superintendent over$300,000 plus benefits when the high school graduation rate is only 75%

    It’s time for parents to stop spending $1000 for a cell phone so you can start sending your children to a private school. Private schools out perform public schools by a mile.
    Usually there is a 100% graduation rate and usually 100% attend college.

    It’s time for parents to invest in their children’s education. It will DEFINITELY pay off.

  2. The biggest reason for that is that private schools can kick students out for bad behavior. Public schools have to deal with the good, the bad and the ugly and have soft, leftist rules for dealing with bad behavior. These days, students can practically @ss@ult a teacher or other students and there isn’t much the school can do. The system is the problem. It’s a liberal system.

    1. I agree. Parents need to be accountable for their children’s behavior. Parents need to spend less time on Facebook and get involved in their children’s homework and education.

      If you can’t control your kids and help them them with their honest so they can succeed, STOP HAVING CHILDREN.

      Last, they should change the law and not allow for a child to quit school until 18.

      If you you quit, you shouldn’t receive section 8, welfare and food stamps.

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