How bad is the teacher shortage in Florida? It depends on who you ask

Florida needs thousands of additional teachers, but the extent of its shortage is a question mired in politics.

The Florida Education Association, the statewide teachers union, counted more than 6,900 teacher job postings on Aug. 7, three days before the first day of school in most Florida districts. That was an increase from last year, and the union blamed Gov. Ron DeSantis and his Republican allies for an “anti-education agenda” that was pushing out teachers and “harming Florida’s children.”

Education Commissioner Manny Diaz, a former state lawmaker tapped for the job by DeSantis, announced on Aug. 14 that there were

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