This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Schools Superintendent William Hite intends to present a new plan for covering teacher vacancies after months of dissatisfaction with a New Jersey contractor hired to supply substitutes.
Source4Teachers of Cherry Hill was awarded the District contract to provide 75 percent of the teachers needed by the District on any given day. In September, its fill rate was only 11 percent. That’s increased, but only slightly.
District spokesman Fernando Gallard said changes will be proposed at the School Reform Commission meeting Thursday night.
"We have seen a gradual increase in the fill rate. Yesterday’s fill rate was 27 percent, which was the rate on Monday, which are actually the highest rates we’ve seen so far," Gallard said Wednesday. "So, we are going to be making some changes to the contract."