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Why Florida is struggling to fill more than 2,000 teaching positions

Teachers are taking a pass on teaching in Florida schools, and it’s easy to see why. How many people would spend four years in college to take a job that won’t pay their bills? Halfway through this school year, more than 2,200 vacancies hobble Florida’s public schools. In 2018, the Florida Board of Education identified… Read more »

Teachers’ union president: Do state lawmakers want Florida’s kids to fail?

FEA President Fedrick Ingram asks: Do state lawmakers want Florida’s kids to fail? They say they don’t. This year we’ve heard lots of nice words from politicians about “ensuring every child has a world-class education,” “family empowerment” and providing students with “opportunity, regardless of their ZIP code or status.” But actions speak louder than talking… Read more »

In the works: A major expansion of charter schools in FL?

While educators, lobbyists, and media outlets have closely watched the debate over vouchers for kids to attend private schools with public money, a less-noticed initiative has gotten steam in the Legislature: A potential expansion of charter schools. … A school district “shall” enter into a performance-based agreement to open charter schools “to serve students from… Read more »

District predicts 100 teacher layoffs for next year

Bay County Schools Superintendent Bill Husfelt announced on Friday that the Florida House and Senate have agreed to support the district with $12.4 million in operational cost assistance to help divert staff layoffs. Although the decision won’t be official until Governor DeSantis has signed off on the bill, Husfelt is confident in his approval. “I want… Read more »

Florida school districts are rejecting armed teachers. Lawmakers say that’s okay.

Throughout the debate over teacher participation in Florida’s armed school guardian program, proponents have made one thing clear: No one is attempting to require teachers to carry guns. That includes some of the 25 districts that already accept guardian funding, but have chosen employees to serve solely as guards rather than have others take on the… Read more »

Robbing Pinellas teachers and kids to subsidize charter schools

Pinellas voters should pay particular attention to the Florida Legislature over the next two weeks. Lawmakers are poised to cut every classroom teacher’s pay in Pinellas County by $325. They are positioned to cut funding for the school district’s art, music, reading and technology programs by more than a half-million dollars. They are prepared to defy… Read more »

Keep Common Core school standards, many teachers tell state in survey

Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to eliminate Common Core from Florida’s public schools, but the academic standards seem to have a sizeable fan base among the state’s teachers. “We do NOT need new standards,” wrote a Volusia County teacher on the Florida Department of Education’s survey about Common Core. “Nothing concerns me about the current standards… Read more »

Sliding down a slippery slope toward making Florida schools armed camps

This is how the slippery slope works. First, you pass a law that allows certain school staff — but not teachers — to arm themselves on Florida school campuses. The next year, you come back with another law that lets teachers carry guns in classrooms. … Don’t be surprised if next year some lawmaker whips… Read more »

I’m a teacher in Broward schools. We all deserve a fair pay raise.

Earlier this month, I stood in the rain with my fellow Broward County Public Schools teachers to rally for a long overdue pay raise. Although I was proud to see the crowd that the Broward Teachers Union effectively organized before a packed School Board meeting, I was disheartened and dismayed that we even had to… Read more »

U.S. Schools Struggle to Hire and Retain Teachers

This report in the series “The Perfect Storm in the Teacher Labor Market” describes the challenges schools face in staffing themselves, both as a consequence of the teacher shortage and further contributing to it. It shows that a high share of public school teachers are leaving their posts: 13.8 percent are either leaving their school… Read more »

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