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Florida: Why Are There More than 2,000 Teaching Vacancies? by Diane Ravitch, Former Asst' Sec'y of Education

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"Halfway through this school year, more than 2,200 vacancies hobble Florida’s public schools with critical teacher shortages in English, mathematics, reading, general science, physical science and other subjects. Children living in districts that are not fully staffed are likely to wind up in with an overworked substitute in an overcrowded classroom or with a teacher untrained in the subject she or he has been hired to teach; educators who began teaching careers are leaving  with no plans to return. We’re experiencing a “silent strike;"  with salaries $10,000 less than the national average in  a state  where the cost of living is 10 percent higher than in the rest of the US Who would want to teach?

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