Low Pay, Pandemic To Blame For Teacher Shortage

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Florida is facing a troubling teacher shortage with thousands of positions still open, according to CNN. There are more than 5,000 openings for teachers and over 4,000 more for other school staff positions, according to the Florida Education Association (FEA).

The organization’s initial findings from a survey of the teacher shortage shows that there are 67% more teacher vacancies in August 2021 compared to August 2020. They also revisited their study in October and noticed another increase in openings.

“These numbers and trends are an alarm bell going off for our public schools, and state officials need to start listening,” FEA President Andrew Spar said in a Sunday (October 10) TikTok video. “Educators have made clear why they’re leaving our schools, and young people will readily share why they don’t want to pursue an education career.”

The organization also outlined two big contributing factors to the shortage:

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