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Florida Schools Struggle To Find Enough Bilingual Teachers

Most of the students at Royal Palm Elementary in Miami have Spanish-speaking families. But those families also want their kids to speak – and read and write – more Spanish in school. So teacher Alexandra Martin is leading her 1st grade class through “Vamos Papa,” with each child reading a passage from the Spanish language […]

Poll: Strong Support For Requiring Public School Students To Study Spanish

More than two-thirds of Florida residents polled say public school students should have to take Spanish, according to a monthly University of Florida economic survey. You’d expect South Florida residents might see a reason to require students to study Spanish — gateway to Latin America, and all — and they do. But the University of […]

Teachers Apply For DeSoto County Jobs After Hearing StateImpact Florida Story

Our story on Florida schools starting the year with hundreds of teacher vacancies is helping one high school fill teaching positions that have been empty for weeks. DeSoto County High School has been struggling to find foreign language teachers. Our story aired nationally on NPR, and the school’s principal says she has since received  about 10 […]

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