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Nearly 400 teaching vacancies in Florida filled by veterans, FDOE says

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Ahead of the back-to-school season and a statewide teacher shortage, Florida has passed new laws allowing military veterans to fill some of the classroom vacancies. of State.

As the number of vacancies fell from more than 5,000 to around 4,400 as of September 1, the Florida Department of Education is now reporting that nearly 400 positions have been filled by veterans through the new program. certification.

The Florida Board of Education approved the certification program for veterans at its August 17 meeting, allowing passage of Senate Bill 896 and allowing military veterans to apply for temporary teaching certification.

State data from the Day 1 Vacancy report, which details the exact number of open teaching positions in Florida, indicated that 5,208 vacancies had fallen to 4,442, with 766 positions having been filled since the start of the year. school.

As described by the state Board of Education, “the bill creates a new path for military veterans to obtain educator certification in Florida and removes the requirement for military reservists to document active duty for military dispensation”.

We now know that 392 of the vacancies were filled by military veterans certified to teach through the Florida Military Veterans Certification Pathway. The program came into effect on July 1. Qualified veterans who are still working toward their bachelor’s degree can apply for and receive a 5-year temporary teaching certificate to help fill vacancies in the K-12 school system.

“As of September 22, 392 veterans have applied to take advantage of the Military Veteran Certification Pathway,” a FDOE spokesperson told WFLA.com. “Applications for certification for this pathway are in the process of being reviewed like all other applications the Bureau of Educator Certification receives.”

Earlier, the FDOE told the WFLA that there were about 185,000 teachers in the state, making vacancies “about 2.4%” of all positions. Comparing school districts in Florida, the WFLA found that there were nearly 2,000 open teaching positions in the Tampa Bay area.

Most were in Hillsborough County, one of the largest school districts in the country.

The FDOE has previously said it will “continue to work diligently to meet Florida’s educational needs with an emphasis on proactive collaboration with superintendents on a case-by-case basis.” With nearly 400 positions filled by veterans through the certification program, it seems that the recruitment effort is fully engaged.

Vacancies for teachers and staff in each Florida county are listed below, as of September 1.

County Pre-kindergarten to 5th grade: 6th to 8th: From 9 to 12: Total:
Alachua County 24 3 5 32
Baker County 13 2 ten 25
bay county 25 11 11 47
Bradford County 5 1 3 9
Brevard County 102 59 25 156
Broward County 39 30 37 106
Calhoun County 0 2 0 2
Charlotte County 14 9 5 28
citrus county 12 9 20 41
clay county 14 24 12 50
Collier County 25 25 11 61
Columbia County 4 2 2 8
DeSoto County 8 12 seven 27
Dixie County 5 3 4 12
Duval County 225 100 82 407
Escambia County 37 25 8 70
Flagler County 15 8 13 36
Florida A&M University 4 1 0 5
Florida Atlantic University 0 0 0 0
Florida School for the Deaf and Blind 0 0 3 3
Florida State University 0 0 1 1
Florida Virtual School 0 0 9 9
Franklin County 4 2 6 12
Gadsden County 24 16 4 44
Gilchrist County 4 0 5 9
Glades County 2 2 2 6
Gulf County 2 0 0 2
Hamilton County 3 0 2 5
Hardee County 8 1 2 11
Hendry County seven 13 6 26
Hernando County 50 39 19 108
Highland County 48 18 16 82
Hillsborough County 372 199 120 691
Holmes County 2 1 11 14
Indian River County ten seven ten 27
Jackson County 1 1 2 4
Jefferson County 0 0 0 0
Lafayette County 0 0 0 0
Lake County 45 11 5 65
Lee County 113 55 29 198
County of Leon 14 1 3 18
Levy County ten 0 14 24
Liberty County 0 2 0 2
Madison County 3 2 1 6
manatee county 48 15 9 72
Marion County 70 49 36 155
Martin County 31 ten 19 60
Miami Dade County 164 74 106 344
Monroe County 11 seven 6 24
Nassau County 8 seven 6 21
Okaloosa County 23 11 6 40
Okeechobee County ten ten 4 24
Orange County 51 39 17 107
Osceola County 98 49 94 241
Palm Beach County 131 113 140 384
Pasco County 192 102 69 363
Pinellas County 61 37 25 123
Polk County 87 69 51 216
Putnam County 15 4 5 24
Santa Rosa County 42 11 15 73
Sarasota County 27 21 27 75
Seminole County 15 seven 2 24
St. Johns County 21 19 23 63
St. Lucia County 2 2 8 12
Sumter County 4 1 4 9
Suwannee County 4 1 3 8
Taylor County 1 4 0 5
Union County 0 2 2 2
University of Florida 0 0 1 0
Volusia County 69 54 45 168
Wakulla County 12 5 4 21
Walton County 28 5 14 47
Washington County 4 4 6 14
Totals 2,522 1,428 1,272 5,208
(Source: Florida Department of Education)

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