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State Board Policy

DESCRIPTOR TERM: Mississippi Criteria for Designation of Geographical Shortage Areas
CODE: 6800
ADOPTION DATE: May 19, 1989
REVISION: June 18, 2004

In accordance with the "Mississippi Critical Teacher Shortage Act of 1998", the purpose of which is to attract qualified teachers to those geographical areas of the state and subject area shortage school districts as designated by the State Board of Education, the criteria outlined below shall be used to designate those areas.

  1. Mississippi public school districts with 60 or more teaching positions having 10% or more of their teaching staff not appropriately licensed shall be declared a geographic shortage area. Not appropriately licensed shall include teachers teaching out of field, teachers teaching with no certificate, and long term substitutes.
  2. Mississippi public school districts with less than 60 teaching positions having 15% or more of their teaching staff not appropriately licensed shall be declared a geographic shortage area.
  3. Mississippi public school districts having 30% or more of their teaching staff with 25 or more years of experience shall be declared a geographic shortage area.
  4. Mississippi public school districts that were named as geographical shortage areas for two or more years preceding enactment of this methodology shall continue to be named as geographical shortage areas.
  5. Additional Mississippi public school districts must meet at least two of the aforementioned criteria (numbers 1 or 2 & 3) in order to be designated as a geographic shortage area of the state.
When there is a shortage of funds, priority shall be given to school districts that meet at least three of the aforementioned criteria in designating school districts as a Subject Area Shortage District. Refer to GBC-3 for subject area shortage.
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