Lawmaker seeks tweak to Florida retirement laws, to help with teacher shortfall

(Jeffrey S. Solochek, Tampa Bay Times)

Florida’s teacher shortage has been well documented and growing. It has come at a time when national data show educators quitting the profession at the highest rate in years.

A Sarasota Democrat hopes to ease the resulting burden school districts face with a simple tweak to state retirement laws.

As it stands, a teacher who retires from his or her public school job cannot be rehired by any agency in the state retirement system for six months. If they take such a position, they can lose their related benefits.

That includes work as a substitute teacher.

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