Howard County public schools had 19 applicants for every teaching job open in the current year, a total boosted by what personnel supervisor Albert W. Tucci calls "a surge of new applicants."
The county school system had 4,008 applications for 210 teaching jobs in the 1990-1991 school year. The figure includes both new applications and those carried over from previous years.
In contrast, the county school system had 20 applicants for each teaching job open in the 1988-1989 school year.
Tucci did not havea breakdown of the number of new and on-file applications for this year, but said he had received figures from colleges indicating an increase in the number of graduates going into teaching.
He said the Maryland State Department of Education also recently reported an increase in new teacher graduates.