Teaching jobs continue to rise in Florida

The Florida Education Association says teacher vacancies are higher than normal this year and have increased since the school began. from the Florida Education Association. He says the numbers were before the start of the school year, but because vacancies were so high, they were counted again in October. They found that the number of open teaching jobs had risen to around 5,100. “We are now two months into the school year, and we usually start with a number of vacancies and at this point they are reduced by at least half”. Spar said. WESH 2 News checked the Orange County Public Schools job site, there were 83 teaching job listings. That’s down from over 140 when WESH 2 was last checked in August. However, the FEA says the OCPS is in the minority, as many districts in the state have added more registrations. Although COVID-19 has increased the workload, the FEA says it is not the main factor in the shortage. “Florida is among the lowest paying states in the country for our teachers and education professionals,” Spar said. Spar says many teachers have dropped out. He hopes the end of FSA testing will improve working conditions and that lawmakers will make changes to raise salaries so that more teachers decide to stay in the classroom.

The Florida Education Association says teacher vacancies are higher than normal this year and have increased since the school began.

“We started with more vacancies than ever before, over 5,000 vacancies statewide,” Andrew Spar said.

Spar is the head of the Florida Education Association.

He says the numbers were before the start of the school year, but because vacancies were so high, they were counted again in October.

They found that the number of open teaching jobs had risen to around 5,100.

“We’re now two months into the school year, and usually we start with a number of vacancies and by that point they’re cut to at least half,” Spar said.

WESH 2 News checked the Orange County Public Schools job site, there were 83 teaching job listings.

That’s down from over 140 when WESH 2 was last checked in August.

However, the FEA says the OCPS is in the minority, as many districts in the state have added more registrations.

Although COVID-19 has increased the workload, the FEA says it is not the main factor in the shortage.

“Florida is one of the lowest paying states in the country for our teachers and education professionals,” Spar said.

Spar says many teachers have given up. He hopes the end of FSA testing will improve working conditions and lawmakers will make changes to raise salaries so more teachers decide to stay in the classroom.

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