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(AJC) — The signs of a slightly recovering economy can be seen in local public education as metro Atlanta districts prepare for classes to resume. Enrollment is growing in some districts, and so are job opportunities.  Districts are seeking to fill hundreds of jobs for teachers that are still available even as the last month of summer vacation dwindles for kids. Districts that have been laying off staff or saddling them with pay cuts are now beefing up thinning ranks in a wave of hiring that will continue through Labor Day. The news is especially good for math, science and special education teachers, who are traditionally in demand.  “This year is a definite improvement over last year,” said Gwen Benson, associate dean of school and community partnership at Georgia State University. “We produce annually approximately 500 teachers. The majority of our graduates have gotten contracts.”

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