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Fulton County schools take unique approach to fill teacher vacancies

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The Fulton County school district is taking a unique approach to an annual problem of staffing qualified teachers in your children's classrooms. The district has decided to invest in a different way to student teaching, more like a student internship

The "students" here are actually teachers in training. Most of them are seniors in college about to start an entire year in Fulton County schools and the cherry on top: this year, they're getting paid!

Holly Gibbs is working on her masters degree at the University of West Georgia. She wants to be a history teacher, so this year, she'll be at Westlake High in Atlanta.

"I mean, no one else offers you the chance to make a little money while you're student teaching and to find somewhere to teach the next year, I'm very excited. You'll get to see where they start and where they end. Just to have that experience is super valuable."

The district has almost 100,000 students and 7,000 teachers. Each year, they need to replace about 10-percent of the staff.

This year's class includes 48 hopefuls from five universities, getting a head start on their teaching careers.

By putting in the upfront expenses, the district is hoping to have 48 new teachers.

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