Not Everybody is on Board with Ron DeSantis' Plan to get Veterans to Teach Classes in Order to fill Vacant Teaching Positions
"This idea of shortcutting that process doesn't work. It never has."
Teacher positions across the country have gone unfilled with the school year just starting up. Florida has nearly 8,000 un-filled teaching positions and is taking a new approach to the issue: the Florida government is advocating to allow military veterans with no education in teaching and no prior experience to apply for temporary teaching certificates to use while they finish their bachelors. Not every single individual is on board with the plan and teachers’ unions have stated their opinions against the move.
“This doesn't really get at the root of the problem. We want to make sure that we have fully-trained, fully-credentialed teachers in our classroom with the experience and support they need to teach every child. This idea of shortcutting that process doesn't work. It never has."
Andrew Spar, Florida Education Association President, said.
Ron DeSantis created the “fix” as he criticized the union bosses for "insisting teachers get certain credentials.” The teacher roles filled by said veterans would require subject tests to be passed and at least 60 college credits completed to even qualify for a certificate. Andrew Spar said, "I appreciate our veterans. I think we all do, and honor them for the work and service they've done to our country, keeping us safe, and protecting our freedoms."
"You can't just say because someone has been in the military or someone has been in a classroom even, that makes them a highly qualified teacher. It takes skill, it takes training, and it takes a desire to be there."
Andrew Spar added.