Florida schools looking to hire veterans and spouses without teaching experience.
In three weeks thousand of students will be returning to school amid a major teacher shortage. The Florida Department of Education announced that military veterans and their spouses could receive five-year vouchers to allow them to teach in the classroom without a teacher’s degree. This opportunity is connected to the $8.6 million the state announced would be used to expand career and workforce training opportunities for military veterans and their spouses.
Florida Department of Education said if you are a veteran who fits the category listed below you are eligible to apply
- Active duty service members of the U.S. Armed Forces or reserve unit
- The spouses of active duty service members of the U.S. Armed Forces or reserve unit
- Veterans who were honorably discharged or retired from service as members of the U.S. Armed Forces or reserve units
- The spouses of veterans who were honorably discharged or retired from service as members of the U.S. Armed Forces or reserve units
Also, surviving spouses of veterans or service members who died while on active duty as members of the U.S. Armed Forces or reserve units are encouraged to apply as well.
Why is Florida experiencing a teacher shortage?
Being a teacher today is not an easy job. Teachers are under a lot of stress at times. Advocates say low pay and a hostile climate toward educators, particularly around LGBTQ+ issues and race, are pushing people out of the profession. One teacher resigned in May due to Florida’s recent passage of laws, including “Don’t Say Gay” and the Stop WOKE Act, that limit what educators can say about issues such as sexual orientation, gender identity, and race. These laws are like putting a muzzle over their mouths. It prevents educators, especially members of the LGBTQ+ community, from being authentic about their lives.
Some Florida teachers disapprove of the department of education's decision. Carmen Ward, president of the Alachua County Education Association and a member of the Florida Education Association said, “devalue the teaching profession. We are always fighting to lift our profession”. She went on to say, “we have a lot of veterans that work currently in our schools; however, they have four-year degrees. Because it is an academic position, it requires that the person who is teaching the subject matter have academic experience with that subject matter.”