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Florida Teachers More Likely To Leave The Profession

Florida teachers are leaving the classroom at a faster rate than the national average, according to a new study by the University of Pennsylvania’s Richard Ingersoll for the Alliance for Excellent Education. About 8 percent of Florida teachers left the classroom from 2008 to 2009. Nationally, 6.8 percent of teachers left the classroom during the […]

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 […]

Why Florida Schools Struggle to Hire Teachers By The Start Of School

Schools have been open for a couple of weeks across much of Florida, but not all of the students know who their teachers are yet. There’s typically a lot of teacher turnover during the summer break, and schools can’t always get vacant teaching positions filled by the time school starts. At DeSoto County High School […]

Florida Schools Rely More on Teach for America Teachers

The number of Teach for America teachers working in Florida schools is going up. Teach for America recruits, trains and places candidates — often recent college graduates — in low-income schools. The program currently places teachers in just two Florida school districts: Miami-Dade and Duval. This year, 300 TFA teachers are on Miami-Dade school rosters. […]

First Year Teacher Gets One Week to Create the Curriculum for the Entire Year

First year teachers in Florida are wrapping up their first week in a classroom. StateImpact Florida caught up with one to find out what the process is like to get new teachers in the door, and prepared for the opening day. John Price is a first year teacher in Broward County — the nation’s sixth […]

How Hillsborough Schools Are Keeping More New Teachers In The Classroom

Hillsborough County schools are retaining more than nine of every ten new teachers they hire with the help of a mentoring program funded by a $100 million dollar grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Teacher retention has been a persistent problem nationally, with some studies finding as many as half of all new […]

Before Thanksgiving Comes The “Disillusionment Phase” For New Teachers

It’s that time between Halloween and Thanksgiving when first-year teachers start losing some of the initial excitement they had at the start of the school year, and when students (who haven’t had a school break in a while) start pushing new teachers to see what they can get away with. Roxanna Elden, calls the month of […]

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