A web-based teacher recruitment system launched last year in the St. Louis area is bringing qualified candidates to the region's schools in droves. The online system, which also saves time and money for the districts' human resource departments, has caught the eye of school leaders from nearly every corner of the country.

Called REAP, or Regional Education Application Program, the system was launched in March 1998 by the Cooperating School Districts of St. Louis (CSD). At the time of its first anniversary, REAP had collected some 3,000 applications. Of those applicants, 800 successfully were hired for teaching positions.

CSD, a consortium of


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