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(9,073 posts)
Mon Aug 21, 2023, 01:15 AM Aug 2023

Florida's Teacher Shortage Is Getting Worse


There were 5,294 teacher vacancies in Florida in January this year, according to the Florida Education Association's (FEA) count of vacancies posted on district websites. The number of support staff vacancies was 4,631.

There were 6,920 advertised vacancies for teachers as of August 7, according to the FEA's latest count. Students in most Florida school districts went back to school on August 10. There were also another 5,072 advertised vacancies for support staff.

The FEA blames the high number of vacancies on the education policies of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

He's signed legislation on a number of education issues, including what he called the Stop WOKE Act last year that limits how race can be taught in classrooms. Earlier this year, he signed an expansion of what critics call the "Don't Say Gay" law, barring classroom instruction about sexual orientation and gender identity in all grades.
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Solly Mack

(91,233 posts)
1. It's not as if DeSantis wants actual teaching/learning taking place in Florida.
Mon Aug 21, 2023, 01:22 AM
Aug 2023

He needs someone to turn the TV on, play PragerU bullshit, then give the same 3 questions test for every subject.

1. Who invented everything?

White men.

2. Who made life possible for everyone?

White men.

3. America is great because of?

White men.

Roy Rolling

(7,036 posts)
3. Tip of the Iceberg
Mon Aug 21, 2023, 03:17 AM
Aug 2023

That’s a great example. And also in a local county (dark red) they just announced a massive teacher shortage, too.

Why doesn’t capitalism work? 😂😂😂


(54,495 posts)
7. Capitalism works
Mon Aug 21, 2023, 06:48 AM
Aug 2023

Most of those teachers have gone to other states or other jobs. This is supply and demanded a nutshell.

As Adam Smith pointed out, part of capitalism includes some enterprises failing. Looks like Florida education is one of them


(55,281 posts)
5. Oh, so THAT's what "WOKE" means and is why De Doo Ron Ron hates it
Mon Aug 21, 2023, 04:18 AM
Aug 2023

We Overemphasize Kids' Education

Well, of course any Republican governor will be against that.


(55,582 posts)
6. I remember in my day as a Florida student
Mon Aug 21, 2023, 06:42 AM
Aug 2023

We had an overabundance of teachers. Florida school boards were paying sign on bonuses to get the best of the best.

Did I mention Florida was run by Democrats then.


(12,614 posts)
8. My grandson will graduate as a history teacher from FGCU next year.
Mon Aug 21, 2023, 06:52 AM
Aug 2023

His dad is a teacher at a high school here in southern Florida. We talked about the pros and cons this weekend. A definite pro is that he will have no problem finding a job. The downside, of course, is that he won’t be allowed to teach the way he would like. But his father assured him that this too will pass, and that the remaining teachers in Florida are counting on this, biding their time, and teaching the importance of voting to their students.

Tree Lady

(11,754 posts)
16. My neighbor and his wife both teachers
Mon Aug 21, 2023, 09:33 AM
Aug 2023

just moved near Tampa this summer and now are working as 1st and 5th grade teachers.

Both strong democrats and not afraid to say so on FB. Will be interesting to see how it goes.


(2,643 posts)
17. id like to see top universitys announce stricter standards for florida admissions
Mon Aug 21, 2023, 03:57 PM
Aug 2023

and blame it on floridas education standards

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