Florida facing teacher shortage
GAINESVILLE, Fla -- The school year is halfway complete but some school districts across the state are dealing with a shortage of teachers.
"Teachers of Tomorrow" named Florida one of the top states impacted by teacher shortages with close to 6,000 openings across the state.
In North Central Florida, Marion County Public Schools has the largest number of teachers shortages; still searching to fill 38 positions. Alachua County Public Schools has 26 open positions and Levy County Schools has 10 positions. Meanwhile, Gilchrist and Dixie Counties have less than a handful of open teaching positions with only 1 and 2 open positions respectively.
"When you've got an ongoing shortage of people coming out of Colleges of Education prepared to teach, that's going to be a continuing problem," said Alachua County Schools Spokesperson Jackie Johnson.
"The demands that are being placed on teachers today are really unrealistic," said Karen McCann with the Alachua County Education Association.
McCann said Wednesday that the counties are not to blame for the shortage of teachers coming and staying to teach in Florida. "It's all trickled down," McCann said. "It's coming down from Tallahassee."
"Really you have to attack it at the source and get more people interested in becoming teachers," Johnson said.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, more than 75% of states report having a shortages of Math, Science and Special Ed teachers.
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