Florida teacher shortage continues as more than 2,000 classrooms still lack certified teachers

More 4,000 Florida classrooms lacked a fully-certified teacher at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, an increase of 1,000 openings from the previous year. That’s according to the Florida Education Association, the state’s largest teachers’ union. Fedrick Ingram, president of the FEA, joins Intersection to discuss possible factors contributing to the shortage. …

Ingram points to factors like “low pay, lack of autonomy for classrooms and high-stakes testing situations” as reasons for the teacher recruitment crisis. As a former school band director, he said he understands firsthand that most teachers get into teaching out of a passion for helping youth, not a desire to get caught up in a bureaucracy.

“Teachers want to teach, they don’t want to test their students, and that is part of what’s driving our teachers away from our classrooms,” Ingram said.

Florida Teacher Shortage Continues as More Than 2,000 Classrooms Still Lack Certified Teachers