July 1, 2024 11:54 am

Why Florida is experiencing a teacher shortage

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By Beth Luberecki

“You have to begin to ask the question, ‘Why would anyone want to be a teacher in the state of Florida?’” says Carol Corbett Burris, executive director of the Network for Public Education. “You have this combination of underfunding, being underpaid and then having a governor and state Legislature that believe that you’re some kind of an enemy … That is sending a signal out to teachers and the state that you don’t value them, you certainly don’t trust them and you have no interest in paying them well. And eventually what happens is people leave the profession.”

You can read Beth’s piece in Gulf Shore Business here.