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A shortage of teachers will impact students as the new school year approaches

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(PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLA) — Next week brings in the new school year and teachers are still in short supply, according to our partners at WPTV.

The Florida Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union, found a 67 percent increase in vacancies compared to this time last year.

Justin Katz, president of the Palm Beach County Classroom Teachers Association, said Florida used to be competitive in public education, but the last 12 years have seen a decrease in pay.

In an effort to fill these vacancies, superintendent Mike Burke said that schools may have to start combining classes and moving district specialists to cover classrooms.

Those who fulfill the qualifications to become a teacher and wish to help out are encouraged to visit the School District of Palm Beach County’s website.