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Fewer Support Staff In Florida Public Schools

There are fewer custodians and support staff in Florida public schools than there were in 2007.

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There are fewer custodians and support staff in Florida public schools than there were in 2007.

A StateImpact Florida analysis of jobs in Florida public schools shows that while full-time staffing is almost back to pre-recession levels, one group of employees hasn’t come back: the support staff.

Since the recession began, Florida’s public school budgets have been hit with more than $2 billion dollars in cuts from state and federal funding, decreased property tax revenue and sequestration. StateImpact has been following the resulting layoffs and hard choices in schools across the state.

Some of the funding has since been restored. Full-time instructor positions have inched back to pre-recession levels.

But at the start of last school year there were still about 15,000 fewer full-time jobs in Florida public schools than there were in 2007. Almost all of those jobs — 99.5% — are support staff positions. Custodians, secretaries, classroom aides—there just aren’t as many people filling those roles anymore.

LISTEN: WHAT IT MEANS TO LOSE SUPPORT STAFF

You can see a breakdown of year-to-year full-time employment numbers in Florida public schools here:

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School Year
Full-Time Support Staff
Full-Time Instructional Staff
Full-Time Administrative Staff
Total Full-Time Staff
2012-1311553319400811670321211
2011-1211686218993011417318209
2010-1112093919246411280324683
2009-1012311718942911236323782
2008-0912665519092411374328953
2007-0813057819415911592336329

 

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