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Gov. DeSantis solves teacher shortage by recruiting veterans, first responders and fire fighters

(PASCO COUNTY, FLA) — Governor Ron DeSantis was in Pasco County yesterday to lay out his solution for Florida’s teacher shortage.

Last month, Gov. DeSantis announced a plan to recruit military veterans, now there’s a new proposal to offer up to a $5,000 bonus to retired law enforcement, paramedics and firefighters to help solve the teacher shortage. There were more than 8,000 vacancies to start the school year in the state, according to the Florida Education Association.

DeSantis wants to offer up to five thousand dollars in bonuses to retired first responders with bachelor’s degrees who want to become teachers.

In addition, DeSantis wants those with associates degrees to be able to enter a two-year mentorship program so they can learn to teach by being in the classroom.

Also, under his plan, teachers striving for a master’s degree would be able to teach dual-enrollment courses at the school where they currently work.

State lawmakers need to approve the plan before it can take effect.