BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - The school year is a couple of weeks in, but Central Florida is still short on teachers.
The Statewide Teachers Union says that Florida was short 4,000 teachers on the first day of school. There are vacancies in every district here in Central Florida, with 58 specifically in Orange County.
Districts are making up for the shortages in different ways. Some are using retired teachers, some are using permanent subs, and some are using district instructional coaches. Experts say the shortage is partially due to the fact that people aren't choosing to become teachers and some even wind up leaving the profession over the frustrations with their pay and their contracts.
The Brevard Teachers Union does not think that is what is best for students. Anthony Colucci, the President of the Brevard Federation of Teachers, says that "one o the most important things for kids to have is consistency. When you have high turnover, you don't have consistency. Also, teachers improve their performance if they are teaching the same thing for several years in a row."
Districts will go an entire school year with teaching positions open. According to the Brevard Teacher's Union, the district ended last year with 30 unfilled positions.