Hawaii recruits teachers from mainland U.S. to fill shortages, offers bonuses

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HONOLULU (April 13, 2016) – If you ever wanted an excuse to pack up your bags and move to Hawaii, here’s your chance!  The Hawaii Department of Education is trying to recruit teachers from the continental U.S. to help relieve a growing teacher shortage on the islands.

According to Hawaii News Now, officials anticipate as many as 1,600 vacancies this fall. The state is desperately looking to fill slots in special education, secondary mathematics and secondary science. Hawaii News Now states that other financial incentives are available to those willing to work in hard-to-fill positions in rural neighbor island areas and Oahu’s Leeward Coast

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Editor’s note: The Hawaii Department of Education says they are not offering $6,000 bonuses, and that has been removed from our story.