South Carolina school officials are delighted with the response they’ve received from announcements of job openings posted on the state’s Education Department web site (http://www.state.sc.us/jobs). One district recently had 700 applicants from around the world for 24 job openings; ultimately, one hire came from England.

The site walks prospective teachers through a four-page application that they can then send to a district for a specific job or mass-mail to all of South Carolina’s 86 school districts. The application soon will be enhanced to include college transcripts, officials say.

The U.S. Department of Education launched a similar site with a nationwide reach in late August. This site (http://www.recruitingteachers.org) builds on the National Teacher Recruitment Clearinghouse that ED has maintained since the late 1980s. It is both a place to list job openings, and a way for school districts to be linked directly to the national site so that prospective teachers can visit the district’s online services. It is free to all school districts.